Perhaps the Mums had read the story of the primary school teacher in the UK who, some years ago now, asked all the little girls in her class to be bridesmaids and all the little boys to be pageboys when she got married. She had about 15 of each, and write ups in the national press. Also, I have read stories of little girls who, wanting to be a bridesmaid but having no relatives about to be married, advertised thier services, (albiet without a CV) and their offers were taken up. I also read of a girl who not having grandparents, advertised for a grandmother, and got one. That too made the papers in the UK.