Grandmas as Flower Girls and Bridesmaids? These 5 Brides Did It!
There’s nobody who is as loving, cool and sweet as your grandma, right? These five brides, profiled by the NY Times, thought so — and then some! Lana Arthur, Jenny Iles Wood, Sarah Jamieson, Jennifer Wallach and Jamie Jacobs decided that their grandmothers meant too much to them to leave them out of the wedding party and made them flower girls, bridesmaids and matrons of honor.
While it’s not unusual for some couples to give close family members a role in their wedding ceremony by asking them to give a reading, or have them wear a special corsage or boutonniere, we have to admit that the bride’s grandma in the bridal party is a bit unexpected, but these brides’ grandmothers were naturals, according to them.
Lana and her fiance, Michael, wanted all of their attendants to be family members, and after their grandmothers joked about being the flower girls, it totally clicked for the couple. Joyce Arthur-Gunter and Annie Rohrmeier ended up walking down the aisle tossing petals on their grandchildren’s wedding day.
“It ended up being so perfect,” Lana says. “They don’t mind being the center of attention. They’re both kind of hams.”
Jenny and Jennifer chose their grandmothers to be bridesmaids, and Sarah and Jamie’s were matrons of honor, and they were all over the moon to be asked.
“I knew [my grandmother Sylvia] wouldn’t want to make a speech, conduct the ceremony or perform a reading,” Jennifer says. “Instead, she would need to do something — she’s a doer. Always has been. And then I thought, who would be better than Nana to stand by my side, to protect me as she has dutifully done my whole life? Isn’t that the historical-symbolic purpose of bridesmaids, to make sure the bride remains unscathed?”
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What do you think about having your grandma as a flower girl or a bridesmaid, Knotties?
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