It's an honor for your child to be part of a loved one's wedding, but with that special position comes a bit of responsibility. With wedding season in full force, we're outlining some of the must-know duties for flower girls and ring bearers.
The wedding weekend will probably be a blur, so it's best to know the plan as soon as possible. Before the craziness hits, reach out to the bride to see when and where your little one needs to be throughout the day.
- The ceremony rehearsal — typically held the night before the wedding — is crucial. Show up early so your child has plenty of time to get familiar with the space.
- Kids may be invited to a "getting ready" occasion with the rest of the bridal party. Depending on your child's age and attention span, it might be best to simply stop by for a bit or bring some quiet activities to keep him or her occupied.
- A large part of the wedding day tends to be dedicated to pictures, so don't be surprised if you and your child are expected to show up several hours before the ceremony. If you're worried about the timing, ask the bride and groom if they can take all the pictures with your child at one time.
- Try to guarantee that either you or another person close to your child is seated near the front row during the ceremony — someone they can walk toward or sit with after they've walked down the aisle.
The bottom line: Weddings usually involve a lot of people and a lot of specific details, so it's smart to get organized early. Not only does planning ahead make for a smoother, less hectic day, but it also means your little one is more likely to feel comfortable and have a good time.
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