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She's your built-in best friend and your mini-me, and you couldn't imagine your wedding without your baby sis. And did you see her face when you asked her to be your maid of honor? There's just one thing: She's not quite 21, so there are a few pre-wedding celebrations she won't be able to attend. So how can you make sure she's a big part of your big day even when she's a little too young? Here are a few ideas from our experts.
While you can't change the drinking laws, there are a few ways to make sure your little sister is included in your pre-wedding celebrations, no matter how old she is. If she's in her late teens, chances are she knows (and gets along with) most of your friends, so add a fun dinner out to your bachelorette celebration, and give her the seat of honor next to you at the table. She won't be able to join you when you head to the bars later, but she'll be there for the part of the evening you really remember. (This is a great time to bring Mom along, too!) You could also opt for an alternative bachelorette bash, like a spa day, where her age won't be a problem at all.
And while she might not be able to take on that maid of honor responsibility of planning your bachelorette bash, she can still lend a hand with the bridal shower, so make sure she gets added to that planning committee.
If your sister is in her early teens, she may not feel comfortable being 10+ years younger than the rest of your pals, so ask how involved she'd like to be. She might be perfectly happy tagging along for your dress-shopping appointments with mom and being a guests at the bridal shower, but leaving the other events to you and your bridesmaids.