Helpful Tips When Having Children in Your Bridal Party

January 31, 2020
Muskegon wedding photographer

By Jamie May Photography:

Helpful Tips When Having Children in Your Bridal Party

Sometimes we attend weddings that have children in the bridal party.  It can be challenging because we all know sometimes these little people will not cooperate!   What I can guarantee is that these kids will have ups and downs that day.  They will be happy for a bit and then they hit a wall of tiredness.  So I was just going to share some tips that I find are helpful when children are a MUST in the wedding party.

Helpful Tips When Having Children in Your Bridal Party

  1.  Make sure they get a lot of sleep the night before. Seems like a no-brainer, but can be challenging the night before the wedding.
  2.  Designate a time where they can have some quiet time or nap time.
  3. Make sure someone is there to be in charge of them, especially if you are in the wedding party yourself.
  4. Give them special attention, a gift, for example.  Maybe save it until you really need them to cooperate.
  5. Have a toy or something they love that someone can hold behind the photographer
  6. Dont’ stress over it. Let’s be real. They don’t always look, they don’t always smile, they sometimes won’t even stand there.  It is OK to NOT MAKE them do the picture.  It is 100% not worth the fight and frustration.
  7. Figure out in advance what time they should go home from the reception and have someone take them home for the night.
  8. Bring stuff for them to do.
  9. Order them the kid-friendly meal.
  10. Have fun things for them to do at the reception. (Laney had these fun grab bags for the kids)

The Couple

A little bit about Kevin and Laney, they met through Match.com where Kevin stalked me until I finally went out with him. Kevin proposed to me on our way to Traverse City for the fall colors at the top of Sleeping Bear Dunes.  Laney and Kevin were so great to work with.  I love all of the detail that she put into the wedding and how about that sweet gift that Kevin gave her with all the places that were important. ( see below)  They had their ceremony and reception at Bella Maria’s Event Center in Muskegon. To see my post about having one venue, click here.

She had the unique idea of the color bombs, which was cool! I did choke on my fair share of blue smoke.  I had to get the shot!  So fun!  We went around the city of Muskegon and visited the beach.  I definitely think it is fair to call me a BEACH WEDDING SPECIALIST!   That was a hard time of day and the sun was bright.  Good thing I photograph at the beach all the time!!!

Congratulations Laney and Kevin, so happy for you both! Stay in touch!!

Their color palette was Black, White, accent: Royal blue. Their flowers were White Gerber Daisy and Blue bomb orchid.

 

 

 

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