Whether you and your partner already have children together or are creating a blended family, including them in this special time in your lives is a wonderful and important part of your wedding planning. Knowing how to include them, however, isn’t always plain as day.
If you’re wondering how you can make this time in your lives as special for your children as it is for you, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are 5 ways to make them integral to your wedding planning and the main event.
1. DIY Crafts
The goal of including your kids is to provide them with importance in the wedding and its planning. One of the easiest ways to do this is to give them a task that contributes to your special day. DIY crafts are an excellent choice, and also a budget-friendly option.
They could hand-write place cards, make welcome baskets, or put together the party favors. When the day arrives, you can also have them help ensure everything is in the right place (flowers, napkins, etc.). Putting them in charge of these makes them feel important, as they are an integral part of the process.
2. Cake Testing
Almost every kid loves cake. So, why not bring them with you to taste the options you’ve chosen and let them weight in with their opinion? This is an easy and highly effective way to include them in the planning process.
3. Incorporating Flowers
There are two ways you can include your children when it comes to flowers. The first, if you have a daughter, is to make her a flower girl. This gives her a major role in the wedding, which creates a level of unity that helps strengthen family bonds.
You could also have them help you pick out arrangements. Start with the types of flowers trending that year or what a large selection of ones you like, then ask them which ones they think should be used in the wedding.
4. Signature Drink
If your children will be at the wedding, chances are your friend’s kids will be as well. That means they’ll need food as well as non-alcoholic drinks. So, let your kids come up with a fun beverage that everyone under 21 can enjoy.
5. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
One of the best ways to your include your children in the wedding is to make them part of the bridal party. Even if they’re under 10, you can even include them as Jr grooms or bridesmaids. Helping them pick out a Jr. bridesmaid dress or suit is an easy process, and they’ll be overjoyed to have a huge part in your special day.
Including your child in multiple aspects of your wedding is a great way to build their confidence, gives them a way to bond with new siblings in a blended family, and ensures they won’t feel neglected while you’re focusing your attention on planning for this special day. Plus, the smile it will bring to their faces is priceless.