Wedding days are usually very long. It begins with hair and makeup and then pictures, with lots of waiting time in between. These days for the little ones can be even longer, their schedule is often uprooted and naps are not had and food is eaten on the go and by the time comes to actually walk down the wedding aisle, their tired, hungry and just over it.
Poor little things, they are so excited to be a part of your day but it's just overwhelming. Even for the littles who are not tired or hungry, sometimes, they get to the aisle and then they spot it...all the people! no one told me there would be so many people watching me!
So, what is a couple to do when a little one refuses to go down the aisle? Have a plan, or some options at the ready.
I know there are a few days left of the "official summer season" but with the start of the school year I usually think of this as the beginning of the fall season of weddings.
During September and October most couples have planned for their ceremony to be outdoors. To take in the last warmth of summer and fall and the beautiful colors of the end of summer and the start of the changing of the leaves.
But...don't forget that it can often be a time for rain, wind, drizzle, cold nights and even...shall I dare say it? a little flurry can be seen in October.
With that said, let me offer you some thoughts and ideas for your back up indoor locations.
When selecting your outdoor ceremony location make it a priority to see the indoor ceremony location. Is it at the reception hall on the dance floor? Or is there an optional room or space dedicated to just the ceremony? Don't make this an afterthought. You want to be happy, or at least satisfied that if your ceremony get's moved indoors you know the space will still be amazing, well, at least satisfactory.
Let's talk about how and when to make the decision to move your outdoor ceremony to indoors.
Now, let's talk day of the wedding and last minute moves to indoor locations. If it is at all possible make the decision to move inside as early as possible, this way:
I know, you planned for this amazing over the top location OUTDOORS and you want those pictures with the outdoor location! I get it, but remember. You can always take pictures after the ceremony outdoors. What is important is that you enjoy your ceremony, this short window of time where you are actually transforming from two individual souls to one married couple. You want to be relaxed, happy and excited! Not shivering and wet.
Most importantly, have fun, relax and remind yourself that no matter what, or where, at the end of the wedding ceremony I will be pronouncing you married and THAT is what the day is all about. A celebration of your love and commitment to each other.