Ring security, puppy wranglers, and train conductors: Alternative wedding party roles for kids

We recently heard about a bride with five sisters, ranging in age from infant to adult, all needing a role in her wedding party. We're fans of having just as many bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids, flower girls, ring bears, flower grandmas, adult male flower girls, bell ringers, and aisle walkers as you like (WHEW!), so we're all for making this way less of a stress than it would be otherwise. Or, if you're looking for beautiful simplicity, consider having no wedding party, and nobody gets left out. But if you're going for inclusion, here are some alternative wedding party roles for kids we'd recommend AND how it's been done traditionally, just for reference.


Stacia & Kevin's space-y Groundhog Day wedding with a ring bear

Our favorite member of the wedding party, the RING BEAR, returns! This time inside a space-y sci-fi-themed wedding in Seattle that includes sci-fi save-the-dates, Thai catering, and space grab bag favors. These high school sweethearts and their team of "Groundhoggers" totally know how to party (and awesomely get kicked out of the after party!).


Sarah & Mark's BBQ in a barn with a big bear brawl

Sometimes when you incorporate bears into your wedding theme, it begins Bear War I and somebody's going down. Thankfully, there was mucho honey favors, tons of pies (including whoopie), and the breaking of bread to get all the guests involved. Plus, the bride has some great advice on what she should have brought to the hotel!