Post # 1
My fiance and I are planning a July 2013 wedding. We’re an older couple from large families and have numerous nieces and nephews. I feel blessed to have a close relationship with my nieces and nephews, thanks to my loving siblings.
I’m brainstorming for a way to include all the nieces and nephews (or as many who would like to participate) in the wedding. One thought is to have them bring forth the gifts. Another thought is to have a procession where each brings a flower to put into a large vase, forming a bouquet for the church.
Has anyone seen something similar during a wedding, or before the wedding? My nieces and nephews hold such a special place in my heart. I want to include them in a unique way. I realize I can’t have 15 readers for prayers of the faithful. The ‘kids’ range in age from 3 to 29.
Thanks for any ideas.
Post # 3
Maybe have the toddlers as ringbearers and flowergirls, have the 7-12 year-olds form a little choir and sing a short song or read a prayer together as a group? Use teens as ushers and hostesses to seat guests and hand out programs, and roll out the aisle runner. Maybe some teens can also be “attendants” who help the bridesmaids with putting on jewelry and hairspray and the males can assist the groom & groomsmen with their ties, jackets, etc.? Have the adult ones as bridesmaids & groomsman. Do any of them play an instrument or sing really well? That might be another way to incorporate them into the ceremony.
Post # 4
Do you want them involved in the ceremony itself, or in the wedding more broadly? Do you want them all doing the same thing, or are you okay with dividing up roles? If you want them all doing the same thing to reflect your common relationship to them, then bringing up flowers for a bouquet is a good idea. If you are cool with assigning a variety of roles based on age, etc., you could do …
– passing out programs & hymnals
– passing out bubbles (birdseed, etc.) as guests leave the church
– helping serve slices of cake at the reception
– handing out favors (rather than having them set at the tables)
– punch servers
Post # 5
We had our little cousins draw numbers from a hat to dismiss tables for the buffett line
Post # 6
I have 3 neices and a nephew.
My nephew will be an usher. Thinking my oldest neice will do the reading in church and my younger two neices will do my guestbook/gift table.
I am thinking the girls will also hand out bubbles for when we leave the church.
The kids are all aged from 11-16 so too old to be flowergirls, too young to be bridesmaids but I definitely want them involved in our wedding somehow!