Whether you and your partner have kids together or from previous relationships, here are a few sweet ideas to help involve your children in the big day…
Your wedding day will be an exciting and emotional day for everyone involved, but especially for your children. Depending on their age, there are plenty of ideas to help them feel part of the day, from responsibilities and special roles to gifts and entertainment. Check out our 7 ways to involve your children below for instant inspiration.
Give them a role
Making your little one a flowergirl or pageboy is an easy way to get them involved in your special day. If they’re a bit older why not give them the added responsibility of being chief bridesmaid, an usher or even best man?!
Ask your kids to take on some special duties to make them an integral part of the celebration. Anything from handing out orders of service and confetti to doing a reading during the ceremony, will help keep them busy and included. You could even give them a camera (or disposable camera if they’re small!) and ask them to be a photographer for the day, snapping candid shots of the guests and details.
Include them in your vows
Mentioning your children in your vows and wedding speeches will make them feel extra special and loved. If one of you is their Step Parent you could even write some special vows to say directly to the child – there won’t be a dry eye in the house!
Let them walk you down the aisle
It doesn’t have to be your Dad who gives you away! Why not let your children walk you down the aisle for a sweet twist on tradition? This is such a lovely and meaningful touch, especially if your children are slightly older and really understand the whole process.
Make it fun
Create a fun atmosphere for them by inviting other children, whether they’re cousins, family friends or even a few of their own friends, to keep them company throughout the day. Make sure there are lots of activities to keep them busy, such as outdoor games, a children’s entertainer and activity packs on the tables.
Family first dance
We love the idea of including your children if the first dance, whether you take it in turns to dance with each other or put together a fun family routine!
Traditionally, the groom will hand out gifts to the bridesmaids and ushers during his speech and this is the perfect time to give your children a little extra recognition as well. Thank them for all their help and support, and give them a special or personal gift to remember the day by. You could do this before the wedding if you’d rather have a private moment with them.