Flower Girls and Dapper Dudelets

Over the past couple of years we’ve been incredibly blessed to be a part of our close friends’ lives as they experience the joy of parenthood. Our own lives have been enriched so much by the presence of these little ones that when we envision our wedding party gliding down the aisle—gals dressed to the nines, guys all snazzy and fine—it simply isn’t complete without a little maid and man to round out the procession. Plus, Mr. Tartlet is cray-cray about kids. Having them around is a surefire way to plaster a grin on his face (see picture below). Allow me to introduce the two wee ones who are likely to steal the show. First up, my cousin’s adorable daughter:

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Those CHEEKS! *pinch pinch pinch*

And BM Laura’s son:

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I swear I didn’t steal this from a catalog; he’s really this cute

Both of these photos are a little dated since they’re toddling about quite steadily, now. I’m so excited to explore the darling outfits and details available for them!

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Cristy Cross via The Wedding Chicks

These flower wreath halos are precious:

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Woodward and Rick Photographers via Style Me Pretty

If we had friends or family with slightly older children, I would love to adorn them with fairy wings!

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Elizabeth Messina via Brides{dot}com

Like Miss Pancakes, I cannot resist a tutu:

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Jonas Peterson via 100 Layer Cake

The oversized satin sash on this dress is so charming:

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The vest. The bowtie! The flag…ahhhhhh! Total cute overload!

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Jessica Claire via Style Me Pretty

Now, I’ve been to a fair share of weddings where children go from smiles to tears in an instant. You can’t really blame them; all of those eyes on you must be pretty intimidating! At any rate, mom or dad usually ends up coming to the rescue and carrying their bawling babe down the aisle. The hilarious Miss Biscuit wrote a post about other awkward phenomenon that stem from having children at a wedding. Neither Mr. Tartlet nor I would be fazed, but we’re concerned it may put the parents in an embarrassing position. Then, the other night BM Laura made a brilliant suggestion to circumvent the stand-and-bawl situation, which was to pull the toddlers down the aisle in a wagon. Perhaps one like this:

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Mr. Tartlet has dubbed this the “Wagon Chariot of Love”

I seek your wisdom, ladies (and gents): are you including little ones in your wedding? Any tips to help things go more smoothly?

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Mrs. Tartlet

Location:
Rochester, MI
Wedding Date:
May 2011
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    IslandSoiree 232 posts, Helper bee @ 12:12 pm

    So cute!!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:16 pm

    That bear costume!!! I want to squeeze him forever :)
    Yay for little ones! We’ll have mr. O’s adorable neices and nephew in our ceremont too. They’re gonna steal the show, no doubt. :)

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    IslandSoiree 232 posts, Helper bee @ 12:18 pm

    Opps sorry, hit submit too quickly.

    We’re hoping to include my niece and nephew… she will be only about 5 months (due on Thursday!!) and he will be 3.5. We’ll be leaving it up to a last minute decision as to whether or not they’re up for it that day.

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    Cristy Cross, Guest @ 12:27 pm

    Thanks for featuring my little flower girl and ring bearer. The little girls outfit was made by a talented person on etsy as well as the pillow.

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    KMA, Guest @ 12:31 pm

    I’m having my sister walk with her daughter down the aisle as the flower girl – my sister is the matron of honor, so it works. That way if she cries or freaks out, my sister can pick her up and hand her off.

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    MrsTimber 262 posts, Helper bee @ 12:32 pm

    OMG adorable kid overload! The flowers, the mini-suits, the wagon… it’s just too adorable :) From experience I know the easiest way to deal with children, especially small ones, at a wedding is to place their parents near the front where the little one can easily access said parental units. If their parents are in the wedding then they can be made more comfortable knowing if their little one wants mommy or daddy that they can step out of the bridal party to sit with their child :)

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    mrs.ball2b 126 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:34 pm

    Sooooo adorable!!! My FI & I are including my 2 little brothers as the ring bearers (ages 7&8) and my little sister will be the flower girl- she’s 5. <3 We have a TON more kids that are close to us, but it was just to hard to pick some ^ not the others…so just the siblings worked out perfectly! :)

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 12:37 pm

    awww so cute!
    My biggest advice would be to roll with the punches and not get too upset if they are not up to walking down the aisle. 2 of our 3 flowers girls (3 and 1) were NOT up to walking down the aisle even with their RB partner. So grandma and grandpa carried them down. No biggie! The 3 yr old was up to it during the bridal party entrance and it was SUPER cute.

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    Kemi82JP 749 posts, Busy bee @ 12:43 pm

    ahhhhh your little ones are sooooo cute!!! i love kids in weddings but we did not have any because we don’t know any that are both young enough and that we are particularly close to. plus we chose to have an adult only wedding (kids crying and making a fuss during ceremonies is probably my biggest wedding-related pet peeve) so it made sense to make that an all-encompassing rule and have no kids anywhere, not even the wedding party. but i did miss having a sweet little flower girl and ring bearer. those tiny suits and dresses just kill me!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:59 pm

    @IslandSoiree: Oooh! Congrats on your soon-to-be Aunt status! That’s so exciting!
    @Cristy Cross: Thanks for the info! Your work is beautiful. :)
    @KMA: That’s a great idea, and could work for us, too since both of the parents are in the bridal party!
    @MrsTimber: Good point! I’ll have to remember to reserve a seat for my cousin and her husband at the front of the room!
    @mrs.ball2b: Awww! That’s so sweet of you to include your siblings. :D I’m the youngest, and it meant the world to me to be a part of my older sister’s wedding!
    @Gerbera: Definitely. As the date gets closer I have a feeling rolling with the punches in general is going to be key. ;)
    @Kemi82JP: It’s great that you made the right decision for your wedding (so you could enjoy it to the fullest)!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:48 pm

    Can the kids wear bear costumes and tutus?? Because that would be beyond cute. No little ones at our nuptials.

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    missmouse29 2998 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:21 pm

    Yes! can haz cutes?
    We’re having our 4(will be 5 then) year old son as our ring bearer and our MOA’s (Maid of Awesome) 4 year old daughter as our flower girl.
    We wouldn’t dream of doing the day without them, and they will be adorable.

    As for running smoothly, just have distractions at the ready (we’re setting up a bubble table, complete with bubble wands since our reception is at the same location as the ceremony).

    A close friend had her 2 year old son as her ring bearer and he was just told “go walk to mommy” and he did great! He was a little confused as to what was going on, but he just sat with his grandparents until it was over & was generally just awesome about it.

    If the kids are close to you, you know their personalities best, so just work/plan with what you know :)

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    cafegirl 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:23 pm

    Could your cousin’s daughter possibly be cuter? I’m going to look at that whenever I’m in a bad mood because it is impossible to see that picture and not feel flooded with joy.

    And the boy in the bear costumer… so adorable. Lucky you to have such cute kids in your wedding!

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    JB, Guest @ 2:46 pm

    Those are very cute!

    For what it’s worth, at a wedding in which I was a bridesmaid, the flower girl somehow got FREAKED.OUT. when she saw the “flower wreath halo” on the wedding day, and refused to put it on. (I guess I can understand? “here, put this huge monstrosity on your head, little one”). She was about 6 years old. She just walked down the aisle without a flower wreath, but it was completely wasted $. So – just a cautionary tale, “they are kids first,” as you know!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:52 pm

    OMG, those kids are so freaking adorable!!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:56 pm

    @missmouse29: OMG – I love the designation of “Maid of Awesome.” And, thanks for the tips on having distractions at the ready!
    @cafegirl: Aww – you’re so sweet! My cousin will be so happy to hear that. :D
    @JB: EXCELLENT points! That would be rather frightening to a six year old, wouldn’t it? I totally laughed out loud at your comment. :)

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    kirabee 1240 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:11 pm

    He should wear the bear costume and be the “Ring Bear”!!!

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 10:07 pm

    So much adorableness in one post!

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    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 12:11 am

    Our wedding will be little one free. Theres no shortage of children on Mr CC side of the fam but due to insurance restrictions at the museum we had to make the decision to keep the kids out.

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    Sukiapple 95 posts, Worker bee @ 3:18 pm

    *gasp!* We are not only pulling my FI’s 1 year old nephew in a wagon, we are are pulling him in that same one! We are borrowing it from a friend and it’s going to be PERFECT for our rustic, ranch style, southern theme.

    My 7 year old nephew will carry the rings and pull the baby in the wagon. They will both be wearing tweed news boy hats, bow-ties and suspenders. The wagon will be decorated in white gauze and burlap heart garland, and there will be a big heart pillow from ikea in the wagon with the kiddo. :)

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90132831http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90132831

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