If you want to include your children in the wedding ceremony and make them feel special, there are a number of ways to do it. It all comes down to paying attention to details and letting them help you make this special day even better and more meaningful. These are just some of the ideas that will help you out.
Include them in DIY crafts
One of the most creative ways to include your children in your wedding ceremony is to let them help you with DIY crafts. Turn it into playtime. That way you will both get to spend some quality time with your kids and check one of the things off your to-do list. Ask your kids to help you with some simple tasks such as hand-writing the guests' place cards or putting together welcome baskets. Whatever task you give them, let them be creative.
Bring them to the cake tasting
One of the ways you can show your children that you care about their opinion is to let them pick the cake for your wedding. This way you will make them feel special and appreciated. Besides, what kid wouldn’t like to be surprised with cake for lunch? You’ll instantly become the coolest parent. And if you don’t end up liking your kid’s choice, you can always ask the baker to go half-and-half with both of your choices.
Create their own signature drink
You could also create a signature drink for them. You can pick anything from milkshakes to non-alcoholic Pina Coladas. After all, they'll get to enjoy their own drink and give a toast with the rest of your guests.
Share a first-look moment
Share a first look moment with your kids. The excitement and anticipation for it will make them feel as if they are waiting for Christmas. This is a great time for your family to bond and make some great photos along the way.
Make them bridesmaids and groomsmen
This one is especially popular in Australia. You can include your children by making them your bridesmaids and groomsmen. This is an especially great idea if your kids are over 10. Your children will get to participate and make this day even more special for the family. You can make matching suits or dresses for them and make it even more fun.
Include them in the unity ceremony
Having a wedding ceremony at one of the beautiful beaches of Sydney is like a dream coming true. By including your kids in some of the traditional ceremonies such as a unity candle ceremony or sand ceremony, you'll make this event even more special and beautiful. Make it creative. You can let them choose the sand colours for the sand ceremony or do something completely new such as making family handprints that you get to keep after the wedding. Include them in choosing the location of your wedding by browsing through Northern Beaches Weddings & Events catalogue and find a perfect place for your special day together.
Write them into your vows
Another small thing you can do to make them feel included is to recognize them in your vows. It is also very important to let them know how happy you are for becoming a part of their family. Let them know you are going to be committed to being a family and that you are going to be there for them no matter what. You can also engrave a gift with quotes from your vows and hang it in your house.
Ask them to walk you down the aisle
The children can be the one to walk you down the aisle. They can all come together to walk you to the altar. It will make the ceremony more meaningful and emotional for all of you. This is an especially great idea if your kids are older.
Have them as your flower girl and/or ring bearer
They can also follow you down the aisle as your flower girls and ring bearers. It will be a beautiful moment shared by the mother and the kids right before the ceremony starts.
Have them perform at the wedding
Lastly, if your kids have any particular passion for singing or dancing, let them show their talent in front of your guests. Give them the freedom to be creative and let them have a spotlight for a few minutes on your special day. This will mean a lot to them. Or you can have a separate parent-child dance to a song of their choice.
All things considered, there are many small things you can do to make your children feel included, special and appreciated on your wedding day. Let them participate, let them have fun and encourage their creativity. This is the time for your family to bond and create new memories together.