Whilst some couples choose to marry before having children, Trevor and I both loved the idea of our children being present at our wedding.
Almost four years after we met and having been blessed now with two children, Jack and Hudson, we are in the process of planning our August 2017 wedding.
The main purchases and arrangements have been made and so thoughts have turned to the children and about how to involve them in our wedding day.
My friend Google has given me some lovely ideas and here are just a few of my favourites (to suit various ages).
1. Let them help you choose your wedding rings
This one is a nice and simple way to make your children feel like they have had meaningful input from the word go.
2. Engrave their initials in your ring
Engraving their initials on the inside of your wedding band will show your little ones how central they are to the big day.
3. Let them contribute to the wedding decor
Most littles love a bit of DIY crafting. They can help you create invitations, place cards, decorations, confetti cones or wedding favours.
4. Ask your children to walk you down the aisle
Have one or all of your children walk you to the altar to switch things up and make your procession super-meaningful. This idea is especially great if your children are older.
5. Have them as your flower girl and/or ring bearer
The classic, kid-friendly roles of flower girl and ring bearer are simple, fun and always a crowd-pleaser.
6. Make them bridesmaids and groomsmen
Why not let your kids be bridesmaids or groomsmen? This idea works especially well if your children are older than 10, the typical age cutoff for flower girls and ring bearers.
7. Write your kids into your vows
Recognising your children in the vows is an easy way to make them feel included and special. It’s also important to remind them that you’re committing to being a family and not just a wife or husband.
8. Be introduced as a family
Consider not only being introduced as a new Mr. and Mrs. but as a family unit. This will make sure that your children are recognised as part of this important life occasion.
9. Reflect all involved in the cake toppers
Set your kids on the fondant-covered tiers in the form of cake toppers, that can be personalised by age, hair and eye colour.
10. Give them a moment to shine
If your child is passionate or gifted in singing or dancing, you could ask them to showcase their talents in a special performance for everyone. A moment in the spotlight might mean a lot to them.
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Naturally, these are age dependent but there are certainly some that I cannot wait to include in our big day. But, just what they are, you’ll have to wait and see. I’m getting so excited.