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Including Children In Your Wedding Ceremony

If you and/or your partner have children, chances are you want to include them in your wedding ceremony. Of course, there are the obvious choices: flowergirl/ringbearer and junior bridesmaid/junior groomsman but there are many more unique options you may want to consider. Read on for some inspo!

1. Vows and Promises

As an extension of your vows and promises to one another, have your children say their own "I do's".

2. Hold A Unity Ceremony

Signifying your commitment to the new family unit, you can hold a candle ceremony or sand combining, joining each individual into the new blended family unit.

3. Reading

If children are old enough, they may like to deliver a reading or poem during the ceremony.

4. Giving Away/Processional

Have your son/daughter walk you down the aisle.

Thing to Consider

Whilst you may want your child(ren) to play a part in your ceremony, you may need to consider the following:

1. Child's Age Are they old enough to take part in your chosen activity? eg. lighting a candle

2. Confidence

Do they have the confidence to stand in front of an audience? Are they confident enough to speak in front of a lot of people?

3. Ask Them For Input

Don't assume they want to take part - ask them if they would like to. Ask them for input on how they might like to take part.

4. Practice!!

Be sure to hold a rehearsal so they can practice. To be confident o n the day, they need to know what is expected of them.

5. Plan B

Be prepared if hey change their mind on the day. It is not uncommon for children to lose confidence and not want to take part when the day arrives. Be ready for this and plan how you want to progress the ceremony without them.

There are so many ways of including children and which one you choose will depend on your needs. Regardless of how big or small a part they play, including your children is a wonderful way of showing them how important they are to you.

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