My sister planned and executed an amazing wedding that included kids of all ages. A total of 14 children and 6 adults made up the wedding party. Outnumbered more than 2:1 it would seem that this would be an impossible challenge. Truth be told, there were a few hectic moments. While at the hotel one of the three flower girls, age 4, jumped in an elevator all alone as the girls were headed to the limo. She could be heard saying “bye-bye” as the doors closed and she disappeared. As the elevator began moving to some unknown floor she began calling out for help! Traveling up a floor or two, she soon returned to the same level and bolted out only to be quickly returned to the elevator to make it to the church on time.
The rest of the story is one of high energy and excitement. The youngest two members of the wedding party were 11 months and 3 years old and served as the ring bearers. To make this happen a Red Rider Wagon was heavily decorated to match the colors of the wedding. Ring pops kept the boys occupied as a junior brides maid pulled the wagon down the aisle. The wagon was neatly tucked away during the mass and retrieved in time for the grand exit.
The remainder of the children included three junior brides maids ages 12, 12, and 13, 3 brides maids (ages 14, 15, and 17), and 2 groomsman (ages 14 and 17).
Keeping the kids fully entertained at the reception was a challenge easily planned for. Although more kids were expected, approximately 60 children came along with their parents to enjoy the celebration. The bride and groom were ready with many activities to keep the children engaged prior to the wedding and during the reception. Bubble blowing kits were scattered everywhere, several kid friendly songs from Veggie tales, the Chicken Dance, and the big hit of the night – the candy table. An 8 foot table loaded with a wide assortment of candy and cookies. More than 60 pounds of sweets kept everyones energy level high the entire night, kid and adult alike.