Include Your Junior Bridesmaid & Groomsman in Your Wedding

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It is becoming more common to include tweens in weddings. Flower girls and ring bearers have always been part of weddings when there are toddlers in the families. They are unpredictable and cute and everyone knows to expect the unexpected.

But when the child is over the age of 8 and under the age of 13, there are few options on how to include them in the ceremony. This is where the junior bridesmaid and junior groomsman comes into play.

Include Your Junior Bridesmaid & Groomsman in Your Wedding


When including a tween in your wedding it is important to treat them as you would any other member of the bridal party. Of course, they cannot attend adult parties, but they can be included with shopping, rehearsals, showers, and other wedding related activities. They can go with the groups to have their hair styled and their clothes fitted.

Role of The Junior Bridesmaid
The junior bridesmaid role can be designed any way the bride chooses. The most modern trend is for the junior bridesmaid to put on a performance before the ceremony in song or recital. She then walks from the stage and stands at the end of the bridesmaid row and the adults fill the row as they arrive from their walk down the aisle.

Include Your Junior Bridesmaid & Groomsman in Your Wedding


Another option is allowing the junior bridesmaid to put on a dance performance at the reception. She assumes the same role as the bridesmaids during the wedding but at the reception, she begins the dance time with a modern dance. There are many available Outfits For Dancers.  With the help of some cool lighting and the DJ, she can open the dance floor with a great number.

Adding the Junior Groomsman in the act
The Junior groomsman helps to seat the guests. He can be included in the song or recital and if he can be given a part in the dance performance even if he does not take dance. The juniors can wear their costumes and he can easily be taught a few steps to complement the routine.

Brides
While the bride who includes juniors in her wedding is a usually a more laid-back person, she doesn't sacrifice style for convenience. Technology has come a long way in the bridal industry. Brides can easily find the perfect wedding Dresses Online.  This major bridal industry leader also allows bridesmaids to put down a small deposit and have a dress shipped to them so they can try on the selection in the comfort of their own home. They have the option to return the dress and try again if the gown is not to her liking.

The bridal party has access to the styles, colors, quality, and embellishments online just as they would have if they went to the location.

The Juniors clothes
The junior bridesmaid will wear a dress of the same color and cut as the bridesmaids with age-appropriate changes. For example, she will wear straps rather than a bare shoulder gown. The bridesmaid’s gowns may be floor length, but you may consider a tea length dress for her to make it easier to walk. Of course, she will wear pumps or flats, not high heels.

The Junior groomsmen will wear the same suit or tux as the adult men in the wedding, though he may be allowed to remove his jacket and wear his vest while he is “working”.
Responsibilities for the Junior Bridesmaid & Groomsman
Here are some jobs that your juniors can easily take care of:
  • Passing out programs
  • Assisting the ushers in seating grandparents and guests
  • Be in charge of the guestbook
  • Pass out bubbies, confetti or rice to shower the exciting couple
  • Help with cleaning up

Fun extras
After the wedding, give your junior bridesmaid and groomsman a digital or instant camera and let her take pictures. A digital camera will take the most pictures without the expense of the special film for the instant camera. The camera and a photo album will make a great “thank you” gift and you might be surprised at some of the great pictures they take.

The “not a good idea” list
Here are some things that you will not ask a junior bridesmaid and groomsman to do:

  • Babysit for guests
    • If someone has brought their child and the juniors want to play with him, that is fine. But do not ask her to be responsible for a young child in a venue full of people. Do not expect them to supervise toddlers outside and do not give them the responsibility of keeping the other children safe from the parking areas.
  • Be the maid
    • Sure, they can help tidy up but it should not be their job. If you would not as your maid of honor to clean up a mess, do not as your juniors to. They are not hired help.


Finally, thank them for their efforts. Whether things went perfectly or not, let them know how great they were and how much they added to the special day. Make this an event they will never forget.

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