Flower girls and ring bearers often have their own adorable agendas. Bonnie Karr of First City Events has tips to tame the tiny beasts.
Buddy System: Make a non-wedding party member the designated child wrangler. He or she should take your little angels to the bathroom beforehand—and be ready to whisk them outside in a crisis.
Walk This Way: Include the kids in your rehearsal, and place someone familiar at the opposite end of the aisle. “Ok, walk straight to Aunt Jen!” is as straightforward as it gets.
Don’t Be Boring: Have your child stars arrive with just enough time to get the wiggles out—but not early that they start to fidget and whine. Think 30 minutes or less.
Pause the Pictures: Save their close-up for after the ceremony—or else your tiny attendants will tire of “being good” and might not make it to the altar.
Here Comes the Bribe: Have a non-messy snack at the end of the aisle, or promise them a new toy. Bonus: That tiny set of Legos will keep them happy during the reception, too.