Organizing a wedding can be stressful, especially when picking bridesmaids and groomsmen, but one woman had the perfect way to decide.
Alexandra Stamps, a fifth-grade teacher, didn’t think twice about asking her students to be her bridesmaids and groomsmen on her wedding day.
After dating for almost a year, the Science and Technology Elementary School teacher from Wichita, Kansas, got married to her boyfriend Mason McDowell in July.
Mason, who teaches third grade, also wanted his students to be a part of the big day.
The couple not only asked their students to come to their wedding, but also to be bridesmaids and groomsmen.
“I love them, and they are important to me. Alexandra told the Wichita Eagle, “I want them to be up there with me because they are my biggest fans.”
Alexandra took a video of the moment she asked her students and put it on TikTok. It quickly went viral, with over 19 million people watching it.
In the beginning of the video, Alexandra says, “I’m about to ask my students to be in my wedding.
It then shows her in her classroom, where she tells her students, “Okay, so I have a really important question to ask you guys.
“Khloe, Mary, Reagan, Angelina, Esmeralda, Lucy, Lily, Bella, and Harley, will you be my junior bridesmaids at my wedding?” When she asks, the girls answer, “Yes!”
“Bryland, Max, Eric, Emilio, Kayden, Will, Conner, Jessie, Jose, and Sebastian, will you be my junior groomsmen?” She then asks, and the boys answer right away, “Yes!”
Alexandra said that their students were so happy to be asked that they started crying.
Alexandra said that she and her husband asked their students because they spend more than 40 hours a week with them and love them so much.
“So I thought it would be fun to have them take part in the celebrations instead of just watching.
“I just want to share this part of my life with them. I want them to be a part of it because I’m so proud of how hard they’ve worked this year and how well they’ve done in spite of the pandemic. They’ve grown as people this school year, and I think they deserve to be up there with me.
Alexandra said she asked the students’ parents first to make sure it was okay for them to take part. She then gave the girls fake pearl necklaces and the boys colorful sunglasses. After she asked the students to be her friends, she gave them all rainbow-striped lollipops.