A Role for your Littlest Wedding Guests

Have you always envisioned a wedding that involves many children? Apart from the obvious flower girl, ring bearer or junior bridesmaid duties, there are many other roles that your youngest guests can beautifully fulfill. Below are some guidelines and suggestions for how the special children in your life can share in your special day.

Flower Girls and Ring Bearers: These traditional roles are typically held by 3 - 7 year olds. While flower girls and ring bearers are beloved by wedding guests, if the thought of any potential reluctance to walk down the aisle horrifies you, it is recommended that they are escorted by a member of the adult wedding party. If your ceremony is particularly solemn or long, consider having your flower girl and ring bearer sit in the front row rather than standing upfront with the rest of the wedding party.

Older Children:If older children are excited to participate in your wedding ceremony, feel free to include them however you wish. There are no hard and fast rules for this. Bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids and ushers are traditional options, but some other great roles are listed below [source: www.wednet.com]

  • Hand out wedding programs or directions to the reception
  • Serve as altar boy or altar girl
  • Greet guests
  • Turn pages for the musician
  • Carry the bride’s train
  • Hand out flowers to guests or scatter rose petals
  • Help take care of gifts at the reception
  • Take candid pictures of the family and bridal party
  • Follow the photographer around, pointing out special people to photograph
  • Play a musical instrument or solo
  • Help guests find their seating arrangements
  • Present wedding favors to guests
  • Help serve the wedding cake
  • Be in charge of the guest book

When clothing your youngest wedding party members, be considerate of this additional expense to their parents – most of whom are probably already buying their own outfits for your special day! Consider allowing girls to recycle a fancy holiday or First Communion dress, or allow them to wear a party dress that can be re-worn before it is outgrown. Parents of boys may appreciate a jacket and slacks option that is more likely to be worn again, rather than a mini-me version of the groom’s tux.

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