• This Bride Is 11 Years Old…

    We’re so excited to feature our first ever child wedding on Bridal Musings today!

    Blushing bride, Lilly, is just 11 years old while her husband, John, is 35. They were wed in a beautiful ceremony filled with roses, ribbons and tears.

    Lilly took the day off school so that the couple could make use of the mid-week discount at their wedding venue – not that disrupting her studies really matters as Lilly won’t be going back to school this September. She’ll have far more pressing matters to deal with such as keeping house and rearing children in her new role as John’s wife.

    On the day of the wedding, John beamed proudly at his new bride, while Lilly waved goodbye to her family, her education and her childhood.

    Without further ado let’s take a peek at this gorgeous wedding shall we?

    Not All Weddings Have Happily Ever Afters

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    15 million girls across the world are forced into marriage before adulthood every year. 

    Shocking isn’t it?

    As wedding bloggers we discuss the love, joy and beauty of weddings on a daily basis but for the millions of young girls who are forced into marriage, a wedding isn’t a joyous occasion – it’s a violation of their human rights, often marking the end of their education, their dreams for the future and their childhood.

    These children become wives and mothers before they’re emotionally or physically ready and without sufficient healthcare provision, complications during pregnancy are all too common, sometimes resulting in the tragic deaths of mothers and babies.

    A Collaboration With UNICEF

    This shoot and film are part of a campaign we collaborated on with UNICEF to help raise awareness about child marriage. And we couldn’t think of a better time to share it with you than on International Women’s Day, a day when women, girls and gender equality are at the forefront of our minds.

    Child marriage is not limited to any one religion, country, culture or region. It’s a global problem affecting millions of young girls and their families around the world.

    If current trends continue, the total number of women married in childhood will grow from more than 700 million today to 950 million –almost 1 billion women – by 2030.

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    What a truly horrendous prospect.

    How Can You Help?

    A girl who is married as a child is more likely to be out of school, experience domestic violence and become infected with HIV/AIDS.  She is more likely to have children when she herself is still a child, and is far more likely to die due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

    Please show your support for ending child marriage by helping to spread the word about these devastating effects.

    Share this post and/or the video above to help UNICEF raise awareness for this important cause. Every Facebook share, Tweet, Pin or Instagram post will help make a difference.

    << You can use the social buttons to the left of this post for an easy way to share with your friends and followers.

    Please use the hashtag #EndChildMarriage to draw further attention to this worthy cause. Let’s get it trending guys!

    Share To Show Your Support

    Feel free to use any of the images below on your social channels to help spread the word! (Just click on the image – it’ll open up nice and big, then right click and download to share as you wish.)

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    Alternatively, simply re-share the posts below.

    (We want to make it as easy as possible for you to spread the word far and wide!)

    Thank You

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post, we realise it’s a sensitive and disturbing topic but we think it’s something that needs to be discussed.

    The majority of our readers are fortunate enough to marry for love or have the option to chose not to marry at all – lets stand up for the girls who don’t get a choice.

    To find out more please read this post on Bridal Musings featuring stories and quotes from real child brides. And be sure to head over to UNICEF to see how the charity is working towards the sustainable development goal of ending child marriage by 2030.

    Credits

    None of this would have been possible without the incredibly talented and generous vendors below. We are so grateful to each and every one of them for being part of this campaign:

    Shoot Coordinator & Stylist: Always Andri Wedding Design / Photographer: Claire Graham Photography / Videography: Studio 1208 / Video Music by SuRie & Nick Bentley of Studio 1208/ Venue: Nonsuch Mansion / Special Thanks To: Coco Wedding Venues / Stationery: Kate Ruth Romey / Cake Designer: Olofson Design / Wedding Dress: Rock the Frock Bridal / Suit:Alexandra Wood Bespoke / Bridal Accessories: Kelly Spence / Florist: Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design / Linens: Table To Dine For / Hair and Makeup: Jo Irvin Love Hair / Aisle Runner & Chair Covers: Stress Free Hire / Assistant Stylist: Gemma Hallett / Art Direction: Elizabeth & Claire of Bridal Musings

  • Spot on Elizabeth! What a great editorial to bring to light what many people either refuse to understand, acknowledge, or do something about. Beautifully done. I am shocked more have not commented!

  • So proud of you and the team for shedding light on this horrible subject. It needs to end and we need more people like you out there fighting to stop it.

  • STUDIO 1208

    We are so proud to be a part of this project! This is a very disturbing reality that I hope more people can take notice of. We need change, and I hope this helps many – we must be the voice of the voiceless!

  • Justine

    This is super messed up. I get that it’s satire, but it’s incredibly distasteful.

  • This was so shocking and harrowing – but it had to be. I think your post and video shows how what should be a beautiful day is memorable for all the wrong reasons and only just the beginning of a horrible journey. Thank you so much for posting this.

  • Kate Holland

    Bravo ladies for shedding light on such a shocking and often ignored and misunderstood subject.

  • Esther

    Very powerful, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing and doing something like this!

  • Cat

    Most child brides come from Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. Why is this bride not representative of them? Why is this “marriage” so glamorized?

    • bridalmusings

      Hi Cat, thanks so much for your comment, we did this shoot to create impactful and powerful imagery that our readers, who frequent wedding blogs, will relate to. But we have also shared real stories of real child brides here http://bit.ly/realchildbrides which we encourage you (and everyone!) to check out. Claire

  • D Tyler Klune

    It seems as though this should represent all of the specific countries and cities where this is happening, or at least refer to a databank of this information so we can start to see footage of this occurring in real life in order to pinpoint examples to collectively focus our attention on.

    • bridalmusings

      Hi, thanks so much for your comment. We made the decision to share a traditional ‘Western’ wedding, in the child marriage context, as we felt it would really resonate strongly with the brides and grooms who read the blog. You can however read more about the countries, and individuals affected by child marriage here, http://bit.ly/realchildbrides – thanks! Claire

  • Jc

    Humanity on is best, that sicks me off.
    Childrens should have the right to grow up and live acord to their age.
    Not even animals do sutch a thing to their kind.

  • Incredibly powerful!

  • Its socking!!! when i checked the numbers that describe the current child marriage: its 700 million today…Great efforts are made by the team. Thumbsup for u

  • KusakaShousa

    Very moving post, and very necessary to bring this to light, thank you. The reality is that us women are very blessed in our developed countries where we have rights. We need to do what we can for the girls who do not have the freedom of choice and happiness that we do.

  • va3thn

    If you are so against this then why have you cut off all the pictures of the pedophiles face?

  • Russ Laflamme

    Good discussion – I learned a lot from the information . Does anyone know if I could obtain a blank NYC RPIE-2010 Instruction example to type on ?

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