As the cost of weddings always seems to be rising, many couples are choosing to wait until later in their lives to get married. Of course, some of these couples will already have children, whether it is together or with a previous partner, and it is, therefore, essential that these children are involved in the ceremony. After all, getting married is all about declaring your love and commitment for one another and becoming a family – what better way to do that than by including the whole family in this most special of occasions?
Sometimes, it can be difficult to think of creative ways to get the kids involved and keep them entertained without them taking over the entire day. If this is sounding familiar, here is a selection of cute and fun ideas to make sure your kids can be a part of your wedding celebration, to give you some inspiration and help you out.
The venue is going to be one of the most important decisions that you make about your big day, which is why it is vital to get it right. Always remember to take a note of your chosen venue’s policy about children, as certain venues prefer to host occasions which are adult-only. It is also worth checking if they have any special extras to cater for kids, whether it is a kid’s menu, play area or something else. This way, you will easily be able to sort through your shortlisted wedding venues and select the perfect location to suit your needs.
When you are compiling your guest list, it may also be a good idea to keep track of the number of children you have invited, as well as their approximate ages. This way, you will easily know how many children are coming and will be able to tailor parts of your day accordingly. If just a few children are coming, it may be an idea to sit their families close together to encourage them to make friends.
Depending on your chosen theme and your personal preferences, you are likely to have an idea for the evening’s entertainment in mind. If this entertainment isn’t particularly child-friendly, why not set up an alternative for the children who will be attending? Whether you choose a magician or entertainer, or simply some fun games (especially useful at outdoor weddings) this should encourage the kids to bond and should also keep them from causing havoc through boredom! If your reception includes a sit-down meal, you could also set out activities like colouring books on the tables to keep any little hands occupied.
There’s nothing that will get the little ones more involved in the day than a little bit of responsibility. Help them to feel valued and included by asking their advice or opinion on different aspects of the ceremony – even just small things like helping with the DJ’s playlist or assisting with ideas for favours can go a long way towards showing your appreciation. If you want to go the extra mile for your kids, you can also include them in the service itself by making them flower girls, bridesmaids, page boys or ring bearers. Just think how cute they will look in their special wedding day outfits!
While it is important that your kids feel included and remain a part of the ceremony, it is also worth bearing in mind that this is your big day. Try not to let the little ones take the limelight and instead, work towards creating a memorable day that the whole family will look back on fondly in years to come.
Your wedding day is likely to be one of the most important days of your whole life, so it is essential to make the most of the moment and treasure your special day with the people who matter most to you.