Weddings are one of the most important rites of passage in any woman’s life and are full of traditions. From the old “Something borrowed, something blue…” to the tossing of the bouquet, there are just some things that make a wedding day part of the continuum of life. But they can also be a chance for the happy couple to break the mold and do something unique. We just found a wonderful story about a Minnesota grandmother who was given a very special place of honor within the wedding party, and you will adore this family when you watch this video.
Of all the roles in the wedding party, the flower girl is the one usually reserved for the smallest member of the family. But for one Minnesota bride, it was important that her beloved grandmother be a part of her wedding, and so she asked her to bear the bouquet instead.
Georgiana Arlt could not be happier when her granddaughter, Abby, asked her to be the flower girl at her wedding. At there is usually no role for a ninety two year old to play in a wedding, so having such an important position meant everything to her.
Georgiana, who lives alone in Chaska, Minnesota, said “I was really honoured. I’m happy I lived long enough to do it. Then they had me out dancing and I slept all night when I got home in bed. I was worn out.”
Abby had planned for both of her grandparents to participate, with her grandfather being the ring bearer. Sadly, he passed away last year. Fortunately, he had already met Abby’s fiance, Dustin Mershon, and had happily given his blessing.
We decided to get some advice from professional wedding planners that will make your special day go smoothly, and to help you shake off the unexpected problems that will certainly pop up, like water off a duck’s back.
First, the guests come first! It may be your special day, but your friends and family will remember it for as long as you do, and they may not be able to laugh off the rubber chicken and bizarre music choices. One thing you’ll want to make sure of is that there is enough room for your guests and servers to move, what with all the tables and a dance floor. Decide on how many guests you’ll invite early on. This will help ensure that the venue you pick is big enough to accommodate everyone. A good rule of thumb is 25 square feet per guest. It sounds like a lot, but once you factor in furnishings, event staff, and dancing, that number will make much more sense.
One other important piece of advice: Make sure your wedding date does not coincide with big events. The last thing you want is for your minister to be late because of a combination World Series game and marching band conference. These kinds of community events can also drive up the costs of hotels and event spaces, so just double check the social calendar before you settle on any date.
Do you have any thoughts on how to make a wedding the most incredible day of someone’s life? What do you think of Georgiana Arlt? Please share your thoughts with us here.