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The Consideration of Inviting Children to Your Wedding Day

In our always picturesque city of Melbourne, where weddings range from the stunningly classic to the uniquely modern, one question often surfaces with us amidst the planning bliss: should children be invited to weddings?

This debate carries with it the key considerations of atmosphere, decorum, and celebration style. As a premier florist with many hundreds of weddings under our belt, we understand the importance of this decision. Let's explore the layers beneath this ‘problem’, considering both the potential beauty, and the potential thorns.

The Case for Including Children at the Wedding

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The Blooming Atmosphere of Joy and Innocence

Children, with their laughter and energy, can add a layer of joy and spontaneity to your wedding. Just as a carefully chosen floral arrangements brins beauty and life to a venue, children can bring a sense of renewal and familial warmth. Their genuine reactions and joyous spirits are often the most candid, cherished moments, captured like dewdrops on the petals of your wedding day memories.

Floral Symbolism and the Inclusion of All Generations

In floral design, we often use blooms to symbolise new beginnings, purity, and innocence—qualities that children naturally embody. Including them in your wedding can be a beautiful reflection of these themes, weaving the innocence of young love into the fabric of the day. From the petals they scatter down the aisle to their wide-eyed wonder at the ceremony, children can personify the hopeful, forward-looking aspect of marriage.

The Considerations for an Adults-Only Wedding Affair

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The Sophisticated Serenity of an Adult Environment

Opting for an adults-only wedding can shape the event into a more controlled, serene experience. Without the unpredictability of children, the event may more closely follow the planned flow, from the solemnity of the vows to the refined elegance of the reception. This atmosphere allows adults to fully engage in the celebration, enjoying the company, the cuisine, and the sophisticated ambiance without distraction.

Design and Decor: Crafting the Perfect Setting

For weddings where every detail is an expression of style and sophistication, from the choice of blooms to the placement of each chair, an adults-only policy can ensure that the aesthetic vision remains unblemished. High-end floral installations and delicate table settings are appreciated and preserved in an adult-centric environment, allowing the beauty of your floral choices to take centre stage.

Navigating the Middle Path

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The Compromise: Children in the Ceremony, Adults in the Reception

For those torn between the inclusive joy of children and the refined elegance of an adult celebration, there is a middle path. Inviting children to take part in the ceremony as flower girls, ring bearers, or junior bridesmaids/groomsmen allows them to contribute to the joyous atmosphere without impacting the adult-oriented reception. This approach lets you enjoy the best of both worlds, incorporating the purity and innocence of children into the symbolic beginning of your journey, while preserving the sophisticated ambiance of your reception.

Floral Touches to Welcome Younger Guests

If you decide to invite children, consider integrating child-friendly floral elements. Petite posies or mini boutonnieres for young guests, floral crowns, or interactive floral activities can make them feel included and special. These touches not only enhance the experience for your younger guests but also tie the theme of your wedding together, creating a cohesive and inclusive celebration.

Conclusion: The Personal Nature of Your Choice

Deciding whether to invite children to your wedding is a deeply personal choice, reflective of your values, your vision for the day, and the atmosphere you wish to create. Whether you choose to include children, opt for an adults-only affair, or find a balance between the two, the key is to make a decision that feels true to you and your partner.

As Melbourne's leading florist for high-end weddings, we are here to help you design a day that reflects your unique love story, down to every last detail. From the floral arrangements that grace your tables to the bouquets that light up your ceremony, our commitment is to bring your vision to life in the most beautiful, memorable way possible.

In the garden of life, love is the rarest bloom of all, and your wedding day is a celebration of that love. Whether your celebration is filled with the laughter of children or the sophisticated charm of an adult gathering, let the flowers speak as a testament to the beauty of the day and the love that brought you together.
Kate x

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