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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.

More information and blogs at: Wedding Traditions and Outreach Mama

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Rocking the wedding dance..Helpful tips for wedding choreography, routines and dance lessons

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We’ve all seen the great wedding dance Youtube videos. It starts off with the bride and groom dancing at the reception. A beautiful couple dancing a waltz or slow dance, and suddenly, the lights flash, the new couple stops and the music hits! As soon as you know it, they are in-sync and dancing a perfectly choreographed (and some times hilarious) dance routine!

And while you may want your wedding dance to be slightly more low-key than that, it is always good to know what to expect in the process of creating a wedding dance. How does one go about coordinating a memorable dance for a wedding reception and does it take a lot of work? What if you are working with two left feet? Don’t worry, LimeLight Expressions has put together some basic tips for helping you coordinate a fantastic dance number for your wedding reception!

From fox trot to hip hop, flash mob style to father daughter dance routines, there’s no doubt about it…dancing has become a very popular way to entertain guests at wedding receptions! Dancing at your reception is a timeless tradition. Wanting to add a bit of dance flare to your steps seems only natural, right? But it really boils down to what you want to do. If that means sweeping the dance floor with graceful steps and elegant turns you may want to sway your way into a ballroom class. Or maybe you are going for something a little less traditional, like moon-walking to your favorite Usher song. No matter what, your wedding dance should be uniquely yours and something you will remember forever.

What are the different dance styles to choose from?

  • Waltz: Be smooth, light on your feet and graceful with the Waltz. This dance will leave you gliding across the dance floor and is great for an elegant, black-tie wedding. It is also a perfect style for the father/daughter dance.
  • Foxtrot: Channel your inner Fred and Ginger with the Fox Trot. This style of ballroom is glamorous and a total classic. It will make your first dance unforgettable.
  • Salsa/Latin: Break away from the ordinary with a Latin themed dance routine. From Cha Cha to Salsa, this upbeat dance style is sure to get the party started.
  • Hip Hop: Surprise your guests with an unconventional or even funny dance routine. Go old school with MC Hammer or go modern with Usher, with hip hop, the choices are endless.
  • Musical Theater/ Jazz: This style is perfect for those who intend to lip-sync and dance a routine at the same time. Find your inner “Glee” and put on a show with this over the top style!
  • Disco: Take it back to an unforgettable era with dances like the Hustle! Disco is truly entertaining. Oh and nobody will ever forget your John Travolta-esque dance number!

What if we are not fantastic dancers…does this matter? 

A dance routine doesn’t have to be difficult to look fabulous. Most ballroom styles as well as choreography will consist of a series of basic steps which are repeated. The key to a great wedding reception performance is to keep the routine nice and simple as well as easy to remember, especially after the champagne has been flowing!

What kind of dance should we do for our wedding reception choreography?

Most couples will dance a ballroom number, like a waltz or foxtrot for their first dance, it looks beautiful and is very traditional. While flash mob wedding routines are mostly done in the style of jazz, hip hop or musical theater. They are done as a “feature” at the wedding reception. However, don’t let the ‘norm” limit your creativity! The sky is truly the limit, from Bollywood to country western dance..Go with a style that you enjoy watching, feel comfortable dancing to, with a song that you love!

Does a choreographed dance have to include both the bride and groom?

You can always plan a surprise dance routine or flash mob dance as a gift to your new spouse. Some surprise routines include the bride and bridesmaids or the groom and groomsmen dancing a routine together. A choreographed dance can also be perfect for father & daughter dances, mother & son dances etc.

Should we choreograph something ourselves, or do we need a professional? 

Yes, you definitely can choreograph it yourself. It will really depend on your ability to make up the choreography or memorize the choreography you want to learn. Some people take to Youtube to help them learn dance moves by searching through various dance tutorials. You can take dance lessons in the style you’ve chosen for the wedding dance, and utilize the new moves you’ve learned from there. Or a mixture of both. With that said, hiring a teacher can really make a dance routine have that “wow” factor. I know many brides and grooms who felt that using a professional choreographer or dance teacher was really worth it for them. The dance practices can be tremendously fun for the bride and groom, or for a group routine, with family and friends! Another benefit to working with a teacher or choreographer is you don’t need to worry about being in charge of the routine as well as performing it. Whew!

What exactly is a wedding “flash mob”?

Wedding flash mobs are very popular now a days. They look amazing and are relatively easy to pull off. One person, say the groom, starts the dance off and little by little, additional people jump into the dance routine until it becomes a “mob” of dancers. It can involve the whole wedding party, the groom leading the groomsmen or anything your creativity can come up with! Note: Everyone involved must be able to coordinate practice times together. If your wedding party is coming from out of town, this may be a bit tricky.

Dancing is something that is intended to be a happy experience and fun for all involved. It can be incredibly beautiful, funny or creative as an end result. It is a past-time that many people enjoy, however, many people have a deep fear of. First and foremost, make sure you and your partner are both on board for dancing a routine. Neither of you should feel overwhelmed by the idea.

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