How to Include Your Kids in Your Wedding Day
Aside from being one of the most important days of your life, it’s a big one for the kids, too. Depending on the situation, it could be a formal blending of families or just a celebration of what they’ve always know. Regardless, having them participate in the festivities can be a helpful and fun way to ease into a transition.
One way to do this is to have them be a part of the respective wedding party, whether it’s being a flower girl, junior bridesmaid (or bride’s gentleman), the junior groomsman (or grooms’ woman) or the ring bearer.
For a differentiation that marks them as extra-special, let them walk down the aisle…with you! Let your son help escort you down the aisle; have your daughter march in with dad. You can swap it up, or have kids from each side (if that applies) walk in with their respective parent. Don’t be afraid to ask what your kids would prefer, too.
Let’s be honest, though—the kids are probably thinking about the cake they’ll get to eat afterwards! There are so many ways to get your kids involved. It even starts with the planning. If your kids are crafty or handy and you are DIY-ing decorations and favors, let them help. At the reception, reserve a table just for them, or let them eat beside you. Don’t forget to include one or two of their favorite foods/desserts! And, share a first dance with your spouse…and then dance with your kids, individually and as a family.
Most of all, keep them close! It’s easy for kids to get lost in the sea of grown-ups who also want to celebrate with you. Let them know that whatever the changes, you still love them and are excited to have them share in a day that is as monumental to you as it will be for them.