You know you’ve got a unique situation when you’re at a wedding with 15 kids in the ceremony — and none are related to the bride or groom.
Bride Jennifer Wright had eight flower girls alone, all pictured in a sweet group photo she shared on Reddit.
“I have been either a babysitter or nanny to them for the past eight years,” Jennifer explained to Yahoo Style. “Most were in diapers when I started watching them.”
Of how they all became part of her wedding, she said, “It started off as a little white lie.” She then recalled the following exchange that took place between her and one little girl she’d been babysitting for a couple of years:
Child: Miss Jen, when are you getting married?
Me: Dude, I have no idea.
Child: Well, when you do, can I be your flower girl?
“I didn’t know if I was ever going to get married or if I even wanted to be married,” Jennifer said.
“It was something so far in the future that she might be too old by then. Instead of explaining the uncertainty of my future to a six-year-old, I just said, ‘Sure, you and your sister can be flower girls in my wedding.’”
And what started out as two eventually grew to be 15.
“I got that question from every kid I ever watched, and before I knew it, I had 12 flower girls and three ring bearers before I was even seriously dating someone,” she said.
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Luckily, one mum pointed out that they didn’t all have to be flower girls and the older ones could be junior bridesmaids instead.
“So I had four junior bridesmaids and eight flower girls instead of 12,” she said.
Still, besides the fact that she’d grown to care about them and that it would be super-cute, why would someone want a mob of children between the ages of 4 and 12 in her wedding?
“I was not going to go back on that promise,” said Jennifer, who still babysits all of them regularly.
“When I actually started planning my wedding, I had a moment where I realized I don’t have that many friends who are my own age.
“Also, it’s not like I have any co-workers to build relationships with. Not gonna lie, it was a bit of a bummer to realise that my closest relationships were with kids young enough to be my own children.
“It was after this that I truly realized how much each of these kids meant to me. Each and every one of them are the most amazing, intelligent, funny, beautiful, stubborn, and wonderful people I’ve ever known, and it has been a privilege to be so close to these fantastic human beings.”
To make things fun she let them pick their own dresses, because she wanted it to be special for them as well as herself. She also had two tables in the reception hall full of toys and colouring books.
“Months leading up to the wedding, I bought used dolls on eBay and refurbished them,” Jennifer explained.
“Each of the girls got to choose a doll with a new dress as a gift for participating in the wedding. The girls and boys who didn’t want dolls got a bag full of Legos.”
“One of my favourite compliments was ‘This is so much fun! I want you to get married every year!’”
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