Worried about inviting children to your wedding? My husband and I welcomed children and babies at our wedding. We even asked the religious school kids who had class at the same time as our wedding to join us (in the back of the sanctuary) for the ceremony. None of the single-digit crowd caused any sort of distraction.
Our thinking was that the reason we had a wedding with guests (and didn’t just elope) was that our family and friends (including the little ones) were an important ingredient in our celebration.
As a parent now, though, I must say that I am looking forward to attending a wedding next week that will have a babysitter. We’re traveling across the country to attend—and without a babysitter at the wedding we would have to either find our own babysitter (not a simple or likely task from out of state!) or we would end up taking turns outside with our pre-schoolers burning off a little of their energy, thus missing out on the wedding.
I’ll admit I’m a gardening junkie. My favorite part of any outdoor spring wedding is having the chance to explore a new wedding location with amazing gardens or flowers. If you love gardens as much as I do, you might want to think about celebrating this Earth Day in the Tri-Valley wine country (the other Napa).
Deer Ridge Vineyards’ free Earth Day event includes live entertainment, complimentary wine tasting, and tours through their herb and lavender gardens where you’ll learn about sustainable farming practices and see what makes Deer Ridge such a special wedding location. The first 100 families will receive a free edible flower or herb plant, and you’re welcome to bring in your own sick plants to be diagnosed by their certified master gardeners.
With over 26 lush acres to roam, I can’t think of a better way to spend a springtime afternoon in Northern California.
Earth Day at Deer Ridge Vineyards
Sunday, April 20, 2008
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
1828 Wetmore Road
You’re a stand up gal. In fact, you’ve literally “stood up” for virtually all your friends as bridesmaid or the ever-coveted Maid of Honor. If you have a closet full of bridesmaid dresses that rivals Katherine Heigl’s character’s collection in 27 Dresses, do we have a feel-good project for you! First step? Admitting you will never wear that frothy yellow chiffon number again. Face facts—it’s not like you’re going to another homecoming or prom anytime soon. But some girl somewhere is going to prom, and she needs a dress.
That said, it’s natural to want to take the next step—donating your unwanted party dresses to projects like DonateMyDress.org. By doing this, you’re not only recycling, you’re making a needy girl’s prom dream come true. Remember how cruel high school was? Now imagine you’re back there watching all your friends make plans for The Big Dance, only you can’t go because you can’t afford a dress. To avoid this painful teenage scenario, DonateMyDress.org is organizing Dress Drives all over the country, and the more dresses they have, the easier this overwhelming task is! If you’re itching to do even more, this website also provides a helpful link to upcoming online charity auctions for various causes.
What an easy way to make a deserving teen’s high school career a little brighter…and let you reclaim space in your closet for the new spring line! I’d consider that a definite win-win.