They lived happily ever after and had many children… We tend to overlook the last part of that hallowed phrase which marks the end of many fairy tales. We can get married and prefer not to have children at all, or have dogs or cats instead, or simply dream of a life without soul load; a life where we can work, travel, live adventures and quietly grow old together, but invariably, tradition will continue to associate the notion of marriage with the notion of children.
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A gathering of angels
In many cultures, a ceremony is considered incomplete without the presence of adorable flower girls and page boys, the train bearers and the sign bearer who goes down the aisle alone with a sign to announce the arrival of the bride, the bouquet bearers and ring bearer and anything else the bride and groom can dream up. In other words, there’s often a collection of pampered, groomed, starched angels, dressed in their best finery, hovering around the bride and giving her big day the freshness of the first morning.
However, we all know that this beautiful image is not only the most difficult to obtain, but that it will come undone and be remade a dozen times throughout the ceremony. You know them well, the little girl who lost her shoe and the page boy who scattered his bouquet. You’ll also remember the one who ruined her hairstyle and her flower crown, and the one whose shirt desperately rides up under their suspenders. The other child, who rolls on the ground because he wants to go home, and the one who wants to go to the bathroom just as the procession starts, you know them, too.
However, imagine that it has been several weeks since that moment of pride when the new couple chose your children to escort them, that you have been doing rehearsals and fittings. Just get used to the idea that the children will always be the unpredictable element of the ceremony, and that often the most lasting memories are those linked to their improvisations.