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If your upcoming marriage will be a blending of
families, you and your future spouse probably want to include your children in
the wedding ceremony. Check out these ideas for giving your children honored
roles in the big day!

Children in Wedding
Photograph: Omarr Photography via Get Married

The most common way to incorporate children into
a wedding ceremony is to ask them to act as flower girls and ring bearers.
Traditionally, preschool- and young school-aged children serve these roles,
while older children and teens act as junior attendants.  Ann’s Flower Girl Baskets and Ring Bearer
are perfectly sized for their little hands.

However, in most cases, it’s okay to bend — and
even break — these traditional rules in order to give your children a larger
role in your special day. For example, let’s say you have two daughters. Who
says you have to have a MALE ring bearer? Let the girls choose matching
dresses, and negotiate which girl will wield the princess wand or flower girl basket
and which will deliver the rings. The girls could even walk down the aisle
hand-in-hand, making for some priceless photographs.

Same goes for boys. Male “flower attendants” can
ring bells, blow bubbles or carry more masculine-looking boxes or containers
full of rose petals. And who says you have to have just one ring bearer and one
flower girl? A troupe of gussied-up children gallivanting down the aisle will
be way cute!

Even infants and non-walking toddlers can be
mini-attendants. Ask an older child to pull your little one down the aisle in a
decorated wagon or pram. Involve an older boy or adult male child by asking him
to walk Mom down the aisle. An adult female child might consider walking Dad.

However you choose to involve your kids, make sure
you speak with them about their roles and honor their wishes. No matter how
cute your daughter looks in her tiara, she just might be more comfortable
watching you recite your vows from the comfort of Grandma’s lap.

Check out these 5
money-wasters, and you might find areas in your wedding budget to save even
more money!

#5 Expensive Ceremony Accessories

Don’t get us
wrong — the right ceremony accessories are essential, and you’ll want to save a
few things, such as the unity candle, garter and guest book. But let’s be
honest, the flower girl basket and ring bearer pillow may end up in the hands
of your little helpers as play time props, so why not save money on these

Discount ceremony
accessories at Ann’s are a bargainista’s dream. Instead of paying $50 for a
ring bearer pillow or flower basket, you’ll find beautiful options for anywhere
from $15 to $27 a piece.

#4 Elaborate Table Centerpieces

Yes, sterling
silver candle holders with mirror bases surrounded by colorful gems next to
fresh cut flowers might make magnificent reception table decorations. Are they
worth the money and effort? You may vote no.

Simplify. Try
just a cluster of candles on each table for a simply romantic look. Place one
stem of your favorite flower into bud vases and place them at each table. Be
creative, but keep it simple. Your wedding budget will see the difference.

#3 Cut The Cake

The variety of
imaginative and elaborate cake designs we see at weddings today is impressive
to say the least. Of course you want an amazing creation for your own wedding,
and you can have it! Just not so much of it.

Instead of
ordering an expensive, elaborate wedding cake to feed all of your guests, order
a small wedding cake (Don’t forget the perfect cake tops!) for display at your
reception. Then order less-expensive sheet cakes to be kept in the kitchen for

#2 Overpriced Wedding Invitations

It’s true, we may
be a little biased here, but the perfect wedding invitation does not have to
take up a huge chunk of your wedding budget.

Ann’s offers a
variety of discount wedding invitations, from elegant and classic to fun and
trendy. If you’re worried about the quality of discount wedding invitations,
just order a sample to see for yourself. In fact, find your favorites and order
as many as five samples — they’re all FREE!

#1 Keep It Small

A sure-fire way
to save money on your wedding? Keep it small. A large, elaborate wedding sounds
like a lot of fun, but is often far more expensive than necessary and requires
even more planning.

A small, intimate
affair is just as wonderful and much less expensive. So watch your guest count
closely. The difference between 100 plates of food and 125 plates of food can
be significant. Also, keep your wedding party small and you won’t have to worry
about as many invitations, wedding gifts, boutonnieres and bouquets.