5 Ways You Can Involve Children In A Wedding
These options that are inclusive to your children or soon-to-be stepchildren are great ways to show them how excited you are to have them be a part of your new life together.
Planning The Wedding
When it comes to planning and getting ready for your wedding, children are naturally curious and want to help out any way they can. This can be especially helpful when you choose to go to the DIY route, get them to help out. Have them write the guests name placement cards or you can even have them put together the guest welcome bags.
You could also bring them along to the cake tasting. Kids love cake, and they will love to be a part of the experience. You don’t necessarily have to agree with what their preference of cake is, but having them there will brighten your experience and let them have fun trying the different cakes.
Morning of Wedding
When it comes to the morning of the wedding, everyone’s emotions tend to be on full blast. Whether it is out of stress, excitement, or nerves. So while you are getting ready in the prep suite, invite your child in to share in the excitement for the ceremony and reception. This is a huge day for them as well!
You can also give them a special gift. To receive something so special and meaningful from you on the morning of the wedding will give them absolute delight! It’s also a great way to show how excited you are to be a part of their lives. (The gift doesn’t need to be something very pricey or fancy, just something that you know they will cherish forever).
If you are having a unity candle ceremony or a non-traditional ceremony, this is the perfect chance to include your children in the ceremony. By doing this it is symbolic that you are all starting a new journey together. You can even have your child help light the candle. Or you can come up with something creative and special together that signifies the new bond you all have as a new family.
You can even include your children or stepchildren in your vows. This is the perfect way to let your kids know how much they mean to you and your spouse. It is important to remind them that you are all starting a new life together.
During the reception the newlywed couple usually have a signature cocktail. However, you can include a signature non-alcoholic drink that represents your child. Examples can be such as Shirely Temples, milkshakes, and virgin pina-coladas.
If your child has a talent such as dancing, playing an instrument or singing. Scheduling a solo performance for them to show off their gift to their friends and family will make for a wonderful memorable moment. You can choose to have them do this before the first dance or any time slot that works out best
You can make your child /children into bridesmaids or groomsmen. This will be a wonderful experience for them. Having such a big part to play in your wedding will make for great memories that they can cherish down the road.
Once the bride and groom are finished getting ready, this would be the perfect opportunity to do a “first look”. Being able to see you and your spouse dressed up for the big day in an intimate setting is a wonderful moment and makes for a stronger bond.