It’s a brave new world out there where many couples getting married already have kids. And for those merging families, this occasion can be a delicate one. That’s why more and more brides and grooms are including their kids, not just in the wedding services but also during the planning stage. That way everyone feels included and feels the love! Today’s guest post by Shannon Lochwood, offers heartwarming ideas for how to include kids in your wedding.
When it comes to having little ones toddling around at your wedding reception, it can be tough figuring out how to ensure your kiddos feel involved in the festivities! Luckily, there are many simple – not to mention adorable – ways to include them throughout your special day. Here are some easy and unforgettable ways to do just that!
Before The Wedding
First, we’ll focus on how your kids can feel a part of it all before you walk down the aisle. One fun way to do this is to let them be a part of the stationery design. Whether you include some of their artwork on the printed invitations or let them adorn and stamp your envelopes, this gives them an important role that they’re bound to love. Plus, working on it together allows for great quality time!
Another way to include your little ones during the fun of the wedding prep is to encourage them to create DIY crafts for the ceremony. Let them make a gift for the bride to wear on the big day – like a decorative hair accessory or bouquet pin. If you’re looking to go a different route, you can ask them to help pick and assemble favors and place cards so that they can put their unique stamp on a special part of your wedding day.
During The Wedding
Children’s involvement during the wedding will probably mean the most to your little ones so it’s important to let them be a part of the big day during the ceremony and reception! You can let them stand beside you during the exchanging of vows, and even have them say their own to affirm their place in your new family.
Another fun, memorable idea that your kids will love is for you and your spouse to include them in a special dance. Even if you want to keep your first dance between you and your partner, you can do an additional family dance to include everyone. This is sure to be a sweet moment everyone will treasure!
There are endless ways to include your children on the big day, and these are just a few options to consider. However you choose to do it, your kids are sure to love being included and you will cherish the memories created on a day that begins your new life together as a family!
Article courtesy of Shannon Lochwood