In the New York Times: Grandmas as flower girls #In the news#flower girl Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted May 11 2014) Ariel arielmstallings Photos from Lana & Michael's wedding by Genevieve Leiper, courtesy of thefullbouquetblog.com. Remember about a year ago when I wrote about weddings with grandmas as flowergirls? Well, the New York Times interviewed me for a story about the trend: Photo by Genevieve Leiper Ariel Meadow Stallings, the founder of Offbeat Bride, a wedding blog that features nontraditional weddings, said that brides selecting grandmothers as attendants is part of a larger trend: couples wanting to include their family members in the wedding, but not in a traditional way. "For a lot of couples and their families, there's friction between the traditional role that families play in weddings and the couple's concerns about where those traditions come from and the feeling that they don't reflect their lives," Ms. Stallings said. Rather than eliminating those roles completely, which can cause family turmoil, she is seeing more couples incorporating family members in ways that highlight those individuals' character traits or abilities. Ms. Stallings suggests asking, "How can we celebrate who this person is?" The New York Times article includes the most adorable video: Read the full NYTimes article here, and if you want to see the wedding that first introduced us to the idea of grandmas being flowergirls, be sure to check out Lana & Michael's wedding on The Full Bouquet. Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the forthcoming From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. She writes weekly essays for her new publication, The Afterglow. PREVIOUS Make your own custom View Master-style wedding invitations with Image3D NEXT Monica & Clint's literary garden wedding Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] Makes me wish more than ever than my darling grandmother was still with us. I would have had her be my flower girl in a heartbeat. Hell, I would have had her escort me down the aisle along with my parents. Reply We didn't have any attendants, but I did involve my grandma in a meaningful way. We signed our marriage license in the middle of the ceremony, and she came up and signed as a witness, then I gave her my bouquet to hold during the ceremony. It was very sweet, and I was so glad to find a way to honor her in the ceremony. Reply We did this! Our maternal grandmothers were our witnesses. It's great that they signed our marriage certificate :-). Reply Those are my grandmas! 😀 Can't believe how that picture of them has blown up… Reply vpubwvtmuzktbcswzhihxtw Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.