When you’ve already begun your life story together and created children and a beautiful family, how do you create that ‘new life beginnings’ story with your wedding? Or perhaps are brining two families together when you get married, in either case, do you have ideas on how to involve the kids in your wedding day?
Some children are too young to even realise the importance of the day or to play a big role, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be involved! They will look very cue in a beautiful flowergirl or pageboy outfit – what better way to include your children than to have them in your bridal party.
Blended vows is another way to celebrate a special moment between mum, dad and children at a wedding. Blended vows is when mum and dad make their lifetime promise to their child, and vice versa. Bound to bring tears to the eyes of all at your wedding ceremony.
As you exchange your wedding rings, why not present your children with their own wedding jewellery along with your lifelong promise – an engraved pendant or watch, or even a ‘family medallion’ for all family members.
One of my favourite ‘tug at the heartstrings’ ideas is that instead of following tradition and having your father walk you down the aisle, have your kids meet you half way down the walk, so they too can escort the beautiful bride down the aisle to the groom.
Some other ideas include:
- Family sand ceremony or candle ceremony.
- A family head table instead of bridal table
- Change wording on your invitations to include the kids
- Special dances – following the first dance, share a moment with the children – have them help pick the song too!
- A family bridal cake topper.
As an Adelaide wedding Photographer, I spend a lot of time watching the cherished moments unfold when kids are included in a wedding day, whether they are children of the bride and groom, cousins, nieces and nephews or special family friends. No matter how you do it and no matter the age, when you’ve included the most important people in your wedding day – your kids –it is a moment both you and they will cherish forever.