Planning your Wedding Processional
Wedding Planning and Style
One of the many steps to planning your wedding is the order and style of the processional. After choosing your bridal party, you then decide in which order your attendants will proceed up the aisle, if they will be walking with a groomsman or solo with the groomsmen waiting at the front with the groom, what music they will walk to, where they will stand, what they will carry, etc. Prior to you walking up the aisle to meet your groom and speak your vows, you must decide on whether you want flower girls and/or ring bearers. Some wedding parties have neither, some of multiple of each. This decision is up to you and your groom.
If you decide to have children in your wedding party as ring bearers and flower girls you must first select them and traditionally they are related to the bride and/or groom. We recommend selecting children between the ages of 3 and 8 though there are no defined guidelines on this. These ages are typically able to stay on task during a 30-60 minute ceremony. After you select your flower girls and ring bearers, you select how they will introduce you in the processional. Traditionally the flower girl tosses flower petals as she walks up the aisle for the bride to walk on in her entrance. The ring bearer would carry a pillow with the rings tied to it (though we recommend using fake rings or no rings actually tied to the pillow as more of a symbolic gesture, but not to chance loosing your intended wedding bands).
Another option is to have your flower girl(s) carry a mini bouquet or pomander ball with ribbon.
A new trend in wedding planning is to have your ring bearer, flower girl, or both carry a sign or banner announcing "Here comes the bride" or even "And they lived happily ever after."
If you do have younger children as your flower girl or ring bearer, a cute way to have them proceed down the aisle is in a decorated wagon.
A twist on doing a banner or painted board is to have the flower girls or ring bearers carry pennant banners.
A fun alternative to flowers or banners if you are doing an outdoor wedding is to have the flower girls carry flower girl wands with ribbons or even pinwheels in your wedding colors.
Have a great day! Heather
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