5 Fun Ways to Include Children in Your Wedding Day

How many of these famous children do you recognize?

Whether it’s your own children, nieces and nephews, or your best friend’s children, it’s always so special to be able to include children in your wedding, but how? It’s especially tricky to navigate this when you want to include more than one child.

Here are a few ideas to inspire you as you plan your big day.

Give Them Something Important to Do

If you plan to do a lot of DIY for your wedding day, get the children in your life involved – if they are old enough that is. Whether it’s placing invites in envelopes or having them help you with your wedding favors, there are so many little tasks they can assist you with. Plus, showing that you trust them with a project for a big day will really make them feel special. You could also ask them to hand out programs, confetti packets, and help lead guests to their seats before your ceremony starts.

Include Them in the Ceremony

There are so many fun ways to include younger children in your ceremony, particularly the procession. Get them to lead the procession as flower girls or ring bearers or hold up fun signs right before you and your wedding party enter. If there are older children, you can always get them to hold onto your bouquet or speech during the ceremony, anything that makes them feel involved and important.

ProTip! I have seen hundreds of children who had no problem walking up the aisle for the rehearsal, yet on the big day absolutely refuse to make the trek. I totally get it! Imagine you suddenly have hundreds of sets of eyes and strangers between you and where you are supposed to go all waiting for you to get on with it. That’s a lot of pressure and it can be quite terrifying for small children. Not to mention – they are likely tired, hungry, and over stimulated by the time your ceremony is to begin. It’s wise to assume they won’t be doing what we all want them to do and be super excited for them if they do.

If you have children in your wedding, have them meet me before we start so they know who the stranger at the front is and why I am there. This helps them know it’s ok to walk towards me and get my help when they get there.

Plan Some Photos

Since family and wedding party photos are an integral part of the day, why not plan a few special shots with the children in your life. Just make sure you work this into your timeline with your photographer. To make the photos fun for the kids, you can even work in a few props that fit in with the theme of your wedding. Think costumes, bubbles, garden toys – things the little ones will want to play with while your photographer works their magic!

Plan Something Special for the Reception

Children can also be a part of your reception. Using some fun, upbeat music, get them to lead you into your reception. You can even plan a special dance with them in the months leading up to your wedding, giving them something to look forward to on the day. A professional dance teacher can help with this – check your local facebook groups for one!

Have Them Join the Cake Cutting

Who doesn’t love cake? Especially young children! This is another part of your reception that you can include children in. Plus, the moment makes for some wonderful photos. You can even offer them the first slice of your cake as a way to make them feel special in that moment. or have them help deliver cake to each of your guests!

See! Including children in your wedding is easier than you might have thought. I hope these ideas have helped inspire you and made including your littlest loved ones a lot easier!

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