Post # 1
First, I’m really excited to be writing my first post. I really need some Bee advice on this one, and I’m sure I’ll need more in the future. So here goes…
I have 8 little cousins (from truly wee to teen) in my family, and no siblings. My dear Mr. Octo has a little brother and a teenage cousin (WeeOcto K), along with two older and one similar-age brother. The older brothers are already involved, but we’re struggling about how to involve the wee ones. FMIL has dubbed herself WeeOcto K’s campaign manager for being a bridesmaid. We’re already planning on keeping our bridal party small, and if I involve WeeOcto K I’d want to involve the other 9 WeeOctos to keep it fair and because I love them all equally. How do I delicately handle this situation? I don’t want to disappoint anyone, but it’s also important to me that we keep our bridal party small.
We’re having a beach wedding, and were thinking about having the WeeOctos decorate the beach with sandcastles and whatever they could find, along with having them help me do flowers and other things to feel involved. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
hand our programs? do you have fans or paraols, if yes hand those out? help people to their seats? collect sea shells before the ceremony and use them in the decoration some how (ie, making an aisle ??)
yikes… did i mention drowning FMIL yet? 🙂
Post # 4
We’re doing an October wedding, so we’re thinking about having people sit on beach blankets and maybe hand out shawls or other blankets. Thanks so much for the idea! And I love my FMIL, but she’s got a lot of expectations for the wedding for reasons I’m sure I’ll get into later. She’s a darling lady though…she just doesn’t really get us or our vision for this wedding.
Post # 5
I love your idea of letting them decorate the beach with sand castles! That sounds cool. When I was a kid, I had these sand-mold things that you could pack with wet sand and it would come out in that shape. They could use something like that to leave a really neat pattern in the sand along the aisle. eloping had some great ideas as well.
Post # 6
Just thought I would share this because it made me laugh…
My very sassy Momma Octo also suggested the kids making the aisle out of shells and other beachy things they find. Then, she mentioned that if there aren’t too many shells out there, we could just go out in the morning and chuck some old clam shells around and let the kids “find” them. She’s a nutter, in a good way.
Post # 7
Oh LittleOcto I think I like Momma Octo! 🙂
Seriously, I’d do the aisle thing and maybe have some of the others do sand castles. If you want to make it “official” so they think they’re helping, have them wear bouts/corsages or special pins and ask them to all dress in one color or something, and then make them “checklists” (4 small sandcastles, 3 big ones, at least 12 orange shells, etc)!
Good luck girl!