In just over a week, my little sugar plum is going to be the flower girl in my brother-in-law’s wedding. Besides her upcoming third birthday party, this is the probably the biggest event she will be participating in that she may actually remember. I am so excited to see this child walk down that aisle in her precious pink organza dress, making a path of flowers for the gorgeous bride. But I also have to admit…I am a little nervous she will not follow the program and I will have to (gently) push her down the aisle.
As I have written before, my daughter is that “spirited” child in Starbucks and has been known to throw a tantrum or two in Target. She can’t help it, she’s almost three. The world is her oyster and she wants to absorb it all on her terms. Besides, we all know that a toddler doing the right thing in public is pretty much a crapshoot. Preparing for this occasion brought me back to my wedding six years ago when we had the same concerns with my three-year-old “spirited” nephew Joey. While he did step on his sister’s dress as they walked down the aisle almost causing her to fall, it generated quite a bit of laughs from the audience and helped me feel more relaxed before I made my big appearance. I think people expect comedy when you throw the unpredictability of a child into the mix of a wedding. They expect it as much as seeing your crazy uncle get a little too tipsy and boogie on the dance floor like the Tony Manero character in Saturday Night Fever.
I do have faith in my child and believe that her beautiful little heart will allow her to get swept up in the magic of the moment, allowing her to obediently perform her flower girl duties without a hitch. We keep talking about how exciting the wedding will be, how important it is to be a flower girl, and how much of a fairy princess she will be in her dress. However, I got a little worried last night when she protested “I don’t want to be a flower girl!” (Ssshhhh, don’t tell the bride!). But I am going to attribute that to the fact that she was mad at me for not giving her pudding at 9 o’clock at night.
So, dear readers, I am turning to you for some good advice or tips on preparing young children to be respectable members of a wedding party. I would love to hear stories about your own wedding day too. Thanks and I will let you know how it goes!