Most betrothed couples have at least one child in their family. Whether it’s a neice, nephew, second cousins, or their own children; finding new and creative ways to involve them in your wedding can be tricky. Here is a list of ways that you can incorperate them into your special day, and more!
Engagement photos. Children have priceless facial expressions and can make for a hilarious time! They can also hold cute signs with adorable phrases that will make viewers sigh with longing.
Make gorgeous save-the-dates with your blended family! If you have a large number of children, you can make your “save the date” phrase longer for signs the kids hold up. Here is an example pictured below.
You can also include a niece or nephew saying “my aunt/uncle is getting married!” Another cute phrase can be “My aunt is giving me an uncle/aunt!”
A fun idea is to have a playful set of photos of the bride getting ready with the kids in question, whether they are her kids, future step kids, nieces, nephews, or second cousins. This shows pure joy, and that’s what a wedding should be all about.
Add a personal touch by taking photos of the groom getting ready with the kids as well. If they are young children, you can include photos of the groom helping them get dressed or put their tie or bowtie on.
Involve the children before the bride comes down the aisle, especially if they’re her children. Here is a cute idea pictured. If they are the groom’s children, the sign can also say “here comes my future step-mother”, or something similar.
Holding signs while walking down to the altar is a wonderful, creative idea for the children or nieces and nephews of the intended spouses.
Walking the bride down the aisle. If the bride wants a new twist on being walked down the aisle or her father isn’t available to be at the wedding, she can always have her son(s) walk her down the aisle.
Miniature groomsmen. Let the hunt end here! Have lots of little boys in your family that you want to be involved in the wedding? Look no further! Have them stand up front with the bride, groom and bridesmaids. The bridesmaids will surely be holding bouquets, so what should the groomsmen hold? How about these funny signs?
Tiny bridesmaids. Round up the young girls in your family and have them in your wedding party! No matter their age, they can strut down the aisle before you. Children love to be involved in special days, especially girls who are already dreaming of their own wedding day.
Ring bearer. This is a traditional idea that most couples most often implement in their weddings. If you can’t choose between two, have two ring bearers, one for each ring. Don’t be afraid to be unique, and don’t let silly “rules” hold you back from having the wedding that you want.
Flower girls. There can always be more than one. They can scatter flower petals along the aisle, or just proudly carry a bouquet of flowers. An engaged pair most likely will have flower girls as a way to involve young family members into their wedding.
Best Man. Couples who had children together before getting married can have their son as their best man. He can be just the groom’s best man, or their joint best man.
Maid of Honor. Who better to have as a maid of honor than your very own daughter? If the couple had kids together before marriage, the daughter can be their joint maid of honor.
Vows. After your vows, have the kids come up and say their own if they wish! If they don’t want to, they can simply say that “We do, too!”
Photo-op. When the wedding party takes off to have wedding photos taken before the reception, bring your children along with you. Unsure how to pose them, or include them in your photos? Here is an adorable way to show off the new family!
Reception toast. If you have an older child, like a preteen, teenager or adult, have them tell their story, a toast, a poem, or whatever they want! A moving idea is to have them give their perspective into having the family blended officially. It can also be a niece or nephew expressing how glad they are that they finally have a new aunt/uncle!
Parent/child dance. Wedding receptions often have father/daughter dances, but who says it always has to be with the bride and her father? Especially for brides who’s father has passed away, isn’t present in her life, or she simply doesn’t have one; the bride can dance with her son, or soon-to-be stepson! The same goes for the groom and his daughter or step-daughter. If your parents are still alive and well and they’re in the wedding, you can switch from parent to child mid-song, or have two songs for this dance.
I hope these ideas helped! How have you involved children in your wedding?