Children can be a beautiful part of any wedding. Most often they are involved as the ring bearer or the flower girl but there are lots of ways to include kids in a wedding. Children that are included in wedding ceremonies are often close relatives such a niece, nephew, younger sibling, or even a child of the bride or groom. Here are a list of cool ways to include children in the wedding ceremony or in the wedding planning.
10 Ways To Include Children in A Wedding:
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Including children in a wedding ceremony can add a sweet and memorable touch to the event. Here are some creative ways to involve children.
Ring Bearer and Flower Girl
This is a traditional and popular role for children in weddings. The ring bearer carries the wedding rings down the aisle on a decorative pillow, while the flower girl scatters flower petals along the aisle.
Allow Children To Perform At The Wedding
Your little star can really shine at your wedding, if you give them the chance. Sure to get a few tears, see if your child would like to write a poem or give a reading at the ceremony. Talented extroverts could give a performance, whether that’s singing or dancing. Some kids will struggle with how much attention you’re getting, so hand them the spotlight.
Allow Your Child To Draw For Your Wedding
Get your little ones to draw your wedding invitations! Or before the big day, you could create personal table setting place cards. Kids can complete these with drawings of each person there. In this way, everyone knows where to sit. This is a lot cheaper than professional invitations or place cards and has a lot of personality.
Let Your Child Design The Kids’ Table
Use the infinite wisdom of your children to help design the kids’ tables. Using their favorite colors, bride and groom crafts, and candy, create a beautiful but child-friendly presentation for that extra special look.
Let the kids’ menu be different to the main specials. Getting your children to eat their veggies is hard enough without forcing posh cuisine into their mouths. Create a mac ‘n cheese or pizza stall for little fingers and fussy adults. Whatever their favorite foods are, organize a fun buffet including these treats.
Get Baking Favors Together With Your Kids
Favors can be such a faff. Decide to do them yourself for an inexpensive alternative to the mainstream fancies. Bake your own cookies as favors with your children and help decorate each one. You don’t need to stop there – chocolates, cake pops, and lollipops are all yummy alternatives. A family bake-day would be great to spend some extra time with your children; especially if they’ve felt slightly neglected during the wedding planning process.
Allow Your Children To Join In The First Dance
Although the first dance is for you and your hubbie, invite your children up half-way through for a family waltz. It’s a great way to dispel all that awkward attention on the dance floor!
Let Them Help With The Wedding Plans
Involve them in your decision-making. If you’re agonizing over a dress or which flowers to pick, ask their opinion. You might be surprised at what lovely things kids choose. Keep your kids involved in some of the steps along the way, whether that’s choosing stately homes for weddings or picking out the non-alcoholic beverages. Kids will appreciate being included.
Assign Your Child Role of Photographer
Children love to think that they’re indispensable and have an especially important job. Give them an inexpensive camera (maybe a disposable one) and let them loose. This inexperienced photographer will probably hand you back a reel of slightly blurred or overexposed pictures, but there’ll be some hidden gems in there somewhere that the hired professional just couldn’t capture.
Have a family blessing where the couple, children, and possibly even extended family members gather together for a special blessing or prayer.
Remember to consider the ages and personalities of the children involved when choosing their roles in the wedding. It’s important to make sure they feel comfortable and included in a way that feels meaningful to them. Any tips you want to share about how you involved children in your wedding ceremony or successful ideas you have witnessed?