The Little Best Man

Consider this your fair warning that this is a bit of a “proud mommy” post. I try my hardest not to be one of those moms, but if it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck (or whatever it is they say).

As you know from our intro post, Cruise and I have an almost two-year-old little boy.


At our wedding he will be two months shy of being two (and yes, his terrible twos are in full swing—yikes). Just to get it out of the way, we’ve already dealt with people thinking we’re getting married just because of him, and to those people I say, “Screw you.” Little Cruise says…



We knew from the beginning that Little Cruise would be in our wedding, we just didn’t know where he would fit in. Although it’s becoming increasingly more common, having your children in your wedding still is far from “traditional.” The initial reaction of most people is to have him as the ring bearer. That would make sense, except we’d love for Nephew Cruise to be in it as well. At the time of our wedding, Nephew Cruise will have just turned three, and Cousin Cruise (our flower girl) will be almost three. (If you’re keeping track, that’s a whole lot of terrible two walking down one aisle.) Instead of having the three of them walk together, which could get a little hectic, we have decided that Little Cruise will be Cruise’s little best man. He is, after all, the best little man we know. :)

I spy…Homewood in the background!

We also want to include him in some other way. This wedding is about more than just being husband and wife: we are legally becoming a family. I thought maybe a sand ceremony, but Cruise is anti sand ceremony, so I’m looking for ideas! Maybe he will come down the aisle with us at the end? I’m not quite sure.

Did you have your children in your wedding? How did you incorporate them into the ceremony?

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Mrs. Cruise Ship

Charlotte, NC
Wedding Date:
August 2015
The One Where We're Getting Married on...God's Day?
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  1. mscamera Member
    mscamera 300 posts, Helper bee @ 12:05 pm

    UH-FREAKIN-DORABLE! i love him, and I think the Little Best Man is perfect!

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    nightcheese 1836 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:12 pm

    oh my goodness he is just the cutest little guy! i love the idea of all 3 of you walking down the aisle together at the end!!! that is very sweet :)

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    mrsmc77 635 posts, Busy bee @ 12:18 pm

    He is so adorable!!!
    I love the idea of little best man… and I can just hear the officiant announcing you the “Cruise Family” instead of man and wife before you all walk hand in hand down the aisle together. Tearing up just thinking about it!

    When I got hitched I had a 4 year old son and he was the ring bearer because my then-husband had a 4 year old sister (I know…) so it worked out perfectly. I love making them part of it – it’s their life too!!

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    JujuBear 47 posts, Newbee @ 12:23 pm

    He is adorable!
    My parents got married when I was 8 years old, so I was a flower girl, did a reading and the best part was that the invitations of the wedding said: “JujuBear requests your presence on the wedding of her parents…”.
    It was really special to me, and I still have all the memories of that day!

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    dcgirl655, Guest @ 12:32 pm

    He is adorable!!

    @JujuBear: I love the idea of the kid’s name on the invite wording. So sweet!

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    veggie_rachel 575 posts, Busy bee @ 12:35 pm

    Little guys in tuxes are just about the cutest things ever!
    My sister and I walked our mom down the aisle when she remarried. :)

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    BookishBelle 1629 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:55 pm

    Sincerely, I don’t bother saying this to everybody if I don’t mean it, you have a GORGEOUS child, simply adorable.

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    S, Guest @ 12:57 pm

    So cute! Could the three of you walk back down the aisle hand in hand after the ceremony?

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 12:59 pm

    Oh man, daily dose of cute over here!

    When my aunt remarried, she and her husband included my cousin in the ring ceremony. Little cruise may be too young for a ring (I think they still put small things in their mouth at that age, yes?) but maybe something along those lines?

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    rosegoldie 288 posts, Helper bee @ 1:25 pm

    OMG. He is GORGEOUS!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 1:46 pm

    Such a good idea! He’ll be perfect.

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:07 pm

    Awwww what a cutie!!

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    triciag 438 posts, Helper bee @ 2:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, he’s precious! I love the little best man idea!

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    StarryNight2011 3250 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:32 pm

    I had a friend who married a man with 2 kids from a previous marriage. They made a four leaf clover symbolic of them becoming an official family. The daughter was presented with a four leaf clover necklace and the son received a four leaf clover pin during the ceremony. If I’m remembering right my friend and her husband also were given something with a four leaf clover from the kids, but I can’t remember what it was anymore. Something along those lines might work for y’all.

    As a side note, my hubby and I were also married in Asheville, but we chose Claxton Farm because we needed someplace that was pet friendly. :)

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    soontobemrs_z 387 posts, Helper bee @ 4:08 pm

    He is so stinkin’ cute! I love those curls! I also love the idea of having him as a mini best man, it’s a great idea.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:34 pm

    Little Cruise is so, so cute, I love that he is going to be the best man!

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    adventurer 209 posts, Helper bee @ 7:38 pm

    He is adorable, and I love that you guys are making him your Little Best Man! <3 He'll enjoy it on your wedding and it will mean so much to him down the line, too! It's a great statement to make to your son that he's truly the best man in your lives :)

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:12 pm

    He’s so cute! I just wanna muss his hair :)
    Mr. Waterfall was almost two at his parents wedding too! I love seeing the pictures of him in a little tux :)

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    BigJohno 36 posts, Newbee @ 7:34 am

    Oh man, daily dose of cute over here!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:52 am

    Omg, little cruise is so cute! I love the idea of a little best man too!

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    js, Guest @ 12:40 pm

    My daughter was ten years old when we got married. So, we did the sand ceremony since we had a beach wedding. We also had her as our only wedding party so she would feel special. You are already a beautiful family! Congratulations to you all!

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    js, Guest @ 12:44 pm

    Oh, and we got her a pearl necklace and pearl earrings, her first “real, grown-up jewelry”, which will last her forever and she wore for the wedding. Now, every time she wears it, she’ll think of when we all became official 😉

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