Miguel Monje PH
The tradition of having page boys and page girls dates back to the Middle Ages and is one of the cutest traditions you can incorporate into your wedding ritual.
How many groomsmen is ideal to have? What does the protocol say about it? Read on to clarify all your doubts.
Who are the pages?
Although it will depend on each particular couple, the wedding party is usually composed of the parents of the bride and groom, the witnesses or best men, the bridesmaids, the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the bridesmaids, the bridesmaids, the bridesmaids, the bridesmaids, the bridesmaids and the bridesmaids. best men and for the pages.
This is the circle of family and friends closest to the bride and groom, who will not only play a role in the civil or religious ceremony, but also during the entire celebration.
And in the case of the page boys and page girls, they are the children who will bring a touch of tenderness, illusion and spontaneity to the marriage. .
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How to choose them?
In addition to your own children, if you have any, you may recruit younger siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, and children of close friends or relatives for the courtship.
Of course, although most children will enjoy participating in the celebration, there may be others who are more shy and will not feel so comfortable, either because of the tasks they will have to perform or because of the costumes.
That is why it is important to discuss this with the parents beforehand and not to feel obliged to accept, if for some reason their children might not be comfortable.
What is their function?
The function of the pageboys in a marriage is fundamental, since they will officiate as the companions and helpers of the bride and groom.
In fact, will be the first to enter the church or hall where the ceremony will take place. They will do so by throwing flower petals or carrying message boards.
These wedding page signs usually include texts such as "here come the bride and groom" or "here begins the happily ever after".
In this way, it will be the page boys and page girls who will lead the way for the bride and groom and the rest of the procession, and who will also mark the return journey.
But children can also play other roles during the wedding rite, such as carrying and handing out the wedding rings at the appropriate time, or, if they will be page boys in a religious wedding, they can also carry the offerings and the arras.
For the exit, however, they will return to the stage with their little baskets of flowers, as they will once again trace the path by throwing petals. And now they will be able to add the rice!
How many pages to include?
Although there is no protocol that indicates how many pages can be included, ideally, between two and six children. Two, because this way they will be able to accompany each other in the chores and dress to match.
And up to six, because it is important not to create a mess during the ceremony. Children are often easily distracted, so the larger the group, the more difficult it will be to keep them calm.
On the other hand, it is a good idea to choose them in even numbers, so that they can enter and leave the ceremony in pairs.
In any case, you are free to choose up to ten pages if you prefer, or an odd number of pages, since it's really up to each couple to decide .
Does age play a role?
When it comes to choosing how many pageboys to have in the wedding, age can be a determining factor. For example, if there are only two to three year olds among your candidates, it will be best to have a few, since someone will necessarily have to be taking care of them and guiding them.
On the other hand, older children, for example, five to eight years old, are more independent and will understand perfectly well what they have to do. In this case, it will not be a problem to have six page boys accompany them in their ceremony.
If you choose children of different ages, make sure that the younger ones are always accompanied by the older ones.
Where to sit them?
The pageboys and pagegirls should be placed in the following positions in the front row in front of the altar or in the side rows, if any.
But another option, if it's more practical, is to place rugs and cushions on the floor, so that the children can get comfortable and don't have to sit stiffly for more than thirty minutes.
And after the ceremony?
Finally, the pageboys and page girls can perform other duties during the reception, such as blowing soap bubbles to help the photographer capture beautiful images, handing out the wedding ribbons, or handing out the souvenirs to the guests.
In fact, the most beautiful postcards will be with your mini guests of honor.
An omen of happiness! If there are children in your family, don't miss the opportunity to be escorted by pageboys and pagegirls, it will be an unforgettable memory for them as well as for you.