How many remember participating in or attending a Tom Thumb wedding growing up? The Tom Thumb "wedding" was an opportunity for children, ages 1 to 13, to have fun and be different. Most of the Tom Thumb wedding I attended growing up were different because we dressed up in African fabric and we're very proud to show our cultural heritage.
A lot of churches and various organizations back in the day held Tom Thumb weddings as youth activities or fund raisers. Tom Thumb weddings all but disappeared in the 80's and 90's, but are now coming back.
The term Tom Thumb Wedding comes from an actual wedding, the marriage of the famous little person Gen. Tom Thumb (born Charles Stratton) to Lavinia Warren, another little person, in 1863. A Tom Thumb Wedding is a wedding pageant in which small children play all the major wedding roles, usually under 10 years old. My church is thinking about doing this as a way of raising funds for our youth.