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Options In Finale:
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A New Role For Grandparents
Grandparents as flower children
One ringbearer and three flowergirls walk down the aisle at the Radisson in Merrillville, In.

Grandparents As Ring bearers and Flower girls

Aren't they adorable! And these grandparents (maybe great grandparents?) stole the show.

Let's be honest, there's just not a lot of difference between '8' and '80." Just a zero; and what's a zero among friends? Some ring bearers and flower girls happen to be eight; these just happen to be in their eighties. The only difference is that little zero. What's the big deal?

Think of the experience they'll bring! Think of how happy they'll be that you thought of them, and invited them to actually participate in your wedding. Think of the light hearted laughter they'll bring the start of your ceremony.

All you have to do is ask!


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