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How to Include A Junior Bridesmaid In Your Formal Wedding

Your wedding day is fast approaching, and you are intending to include a special young lady in the ceremony. Maybe she is your daughter or soon to be daughter. Maybe she is your sister or a niece that you are close to. She is too old to be a flower girl and too young to be a bridesmaid, so the position of junior bridesmaid is a perfect fit.

Even for an elegant, and  ultra chic ceremony, there are ways to include her that will add to the day and let her know how special she is to you. Girls (usually between 8 and 15) take this very seriously.

Junior bridesmaid dress

You have two options with the dress of a junior bridesmaid. You can dress her is a mini-version of a bride, or you can match her to the bridesmaids. Either way is acceptable in a formal wedding.

Elegant weddings are getting away from the traditional black or navy colors and trending with Royal Blue Bridesmaid Dresses & Royal Blue Gowns | Azazie. When you make your selection for your junior bridesmaid, make the dress to match yours, or your bridesmaids, but make sure it is age appropriate. You can do this by adding straps to her dress if the matching gowns are strapless. If they are floor length, consider making hers tea-length or high-low hemmed.

Performance

Your junior bridesmaid should have a unique role to play. Some couples arrange for her to perform a song or dance at the reception. The reception is not as formal as the wedding, so you can feel comfortable letting her do a dance recital for the guests.

Make it extra-special with a great dance outfit. Just For Kix has a fantastic online selection. Your special little lady will be the star of the show. and she will have her moment in the spotlight.

If she is nervous about doing it live, let her do it before the wedding day and record it. Then show the recording on a screen at the reception.

Other duties you can assign her

Below you will find other responsibilities that can be given to the junior bridesmaid:

  • Seating the grandparents
  • Attending the guests book
  • Leading the flower girl down the aisle
  • Passing out programs
  • Passing out rice, bubbles, or confetti for the exit ritual
  • Greeting guests in the reception line
  • Helping with clean-up

Family vow exchange

There is no better way to honor your junior bridesmaid than to allow them to be part of the vow exchange. This is a part of many weddings where families are being blended. The parents write vows to the children to love and protect them. Let them write their own vows, of help them a bit.

This is a touching way to begin your new family and a wonderful way to bond with your special someone. As you begin your life, your daughter feels like she was included in the wedding and will remain an important part of your world.

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*Photo from wedding we designed in Nebraska City.

How To Organize Your Modern Wedding

Multi-tasking comes easily to you. You always have your life under control. That is until you began to plan your wedding. No matter how good you are, a wedding is a monumental task.

To plan a wedding you have to contact different business people in different companies and coordinate their arrival. If one of these key players in the wedding fails, the domino effect will begin. So how do you rope this in and ensure you have your dream wedding?

Time to call in the team

A wedding planner is a must. Even wedding planners hire a wedding planner when they plan a wedding. You have enough to do to keep you running. Let the wedding planner do what she does and you have time to iron out the details.

Next, you need to contact a dress supplier like Azazie. You may need traditional bridesmaid dresses in a color like baby blue or blush pink, or you may want an elegant bridesmaid color like champagne or black. Azazie can accommodate you. They are there to serve you, so just reach out to them. They are unique in that they will let you pay a small (really small) deposit and send bridesmaids dresses to you to try on at home. You can save a lot of time and money taking advantage of online services. The sooner the bridesmaid dresses are out of the way, the more you can focus on you.

Define Bridesmaid

Somewhere along the line, brides became confused about the duties of their bridesmaids. Your bridal party is made up of people you love and respect, who are willing to help you pull your wedding together.

This doesn’t mean they are to be treated like hired help. Nor does it mean they are to ignore their own responsibility to help you. Make your selections carefully. If one of your maids in waiting has young children, you cannot expect her to have time to run errands for you.

Assign duties

Remember to be kind, thoughtful, and polite. Remember to thank them when they have taken their time and effort for you. The function of a bridesmaid is to attend to the needs of the bride. While the majority of the duties fall on the maid of honor, each member of the bridal party should be willing to assist. Whether that means mailing invitations, arranging flower donations to a nursing home after the wedding, or picking up your shoes from the mall. Ask your bridesmaids to help you and assign them duties as they have time to help.

Being organized for your wedding is not just a good thing, it is a critical thing. The organized bride has everything she needs at hand when she needs it. She is not searching for a necessary item that slipped her mind.

Be organized, but cut yourself some slack. If some little something goes wrong, you have two choices, laugh it off or ruin the honeymoon screaming and crying. The second option usually doesn’t end well. Life isn’t perfect, but you can be perfectly happy with a little effort.

Business

Treat the preparations for your wedding like a business. Keep a binder with contracts, rental agreements, recipes, and names with phone numbers. Make sure you have all of the dates, times, and names of people you are dealing with.

If something happens to you like an illness or unexpected trip, someone can pick up the binder and know exactly where you are with wedding plans.

Being organized for your wedding is critical. You only get one shot at this eventful day. Good or bad, it cannot be redone. So work with your people and keep your finger on the wedding pulse. You will earn the perfect wedding of your dreams.

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How to choose your wedding menu – 5 tips to remember!

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When it comes to choosing your wedding food, there are many things you have to consider. While it is your wedding, and you are entitled to choose any food you want, it would be ill advised to choose something that couldn’t be enjoyed by (at least) the majority of your guests – though you cannot please everyone. With that being said, you also don’t want to make your food choices bland and boring! Here are 5 important things to remember when making your choice:

Cost

This is a major factor and something you should think strongly about. It has been said you should spend about 30% of your wedding budget on food and drink. There are definitely some food options that are more affordable than others. It may be a good idea for you to sit down and come up with a budget for your food before you begin making elaborate arrangements for the menu. You don’t want to set your sights on a five course meal when you have a low budget to work with.

Food Options

One thing to consider is a wedding buffet. This is actually great for all types of weddings. It will give plenty of options, which means that even the pickiest of eaters will be able to find something that they will enjoy. If you are not planning on having tables set up for everyone to sit down, then finger food options may be a great idea. Choose something that will be easy and simple.

Formal Or Informal?

Some brides will choose to have a formal dinner at their wedding reception. If this is the route that you want to take, then you will want to make sure that you have a few different options available to your guests. Some people may prefer to eat chicken, while others may want beef. Some people love pork while others cannot eat it. You must also consider vegetarians that may be at your wedding.

Problem Foods

Another factor to bear in mind is the fact that most of your guests will probably be dressed in their best attire. If you serve foods that are messy, such as pastas with sauce or barbecue ribs, you may find that many people cannot enjoy them for fear of getting barbeque sauce all over their suit or  dress.

Buffet Foods Vs Formal Sit Down Meal

There really is no right or wrong answer to this, it’s really just what is best for you and your guests on your special day. For a fork buffet, you want to offer a great variety of foods to keep everyone happy. So foods like chicken strips, ham, pork, beef, cream and roast potatoes, vegetables, etc all complete with a choice of sauces. For a formal sit down meal, you are really looking at two or three options from a set menu from which the guests would have picked their choice on returning their RSVP card. For this you’d expect maybe a Chicken dish, a Salmon dish and of course, a vegetarian option. In the evening, a smaller buffet with sandwiches and finger food options and some sliced cake will keep your guests happy!

Make sure that you take the time to look into all of your options so that you will choose the perfect menu for your wedding. After all, this is your big day and you will want to make it the best it can possibly be. If you need help with event planning for your wedding, large or small, give LimeLight Expressions a call! Don’t forget to follow our blog for more helpful tips on event planning, weddings or photography.

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