More and more people are getting married later in life. Sometimes there are already children in the happy couple’s lives. Planning a wedding to include your young children is a wonderful way to celebrate family life. And it doesn’t need to be as scary as it sounds! Having the kids take part in your wedding is a great way to help them feel a part of your big day.
Parents love it when their kids are dressed up smart. Somehow they look so cute when they’re in formal wear! But not all kids like formal outfits. They might not like how it feels, or it may just be all the attention it gathers. Forcing your kids to wear what you want them to is going to lead to a high-pressure day. Instead, look for alternative outfits that reach a compromise. And for small kids, be prepared for a quick change if they’re not being cooperative!
Lots of kids relish the chance to be involved in an event like a wedding. Your own kids might like to be a ring bearer, or scatter petals as you walk down the aisle. Older children might like to take on the role of best man or to give away the bride. It’s nice to give the children a formal role in the ceremony. It helps them feel they are a real part of your formal union and the solidification of your relationship. Offer them a present for their big day too. After all, you’ll have plenty!
When it comes to standing still and posing for photos, kids just can’t do it! Why not hire a wedding photographer that specialises in documentary wedding photography? That way, all the best shots will be natural, featuring your kids at their best. Very young children aren’t great at smiling to order, but when they’re having fun, their smiles light up the room. These are the moments you want to capture with your wedding photography.
Food at a wedding can be hard to manage when you have to feed the kids too. Choose family-friendly menus if you are having a sit-down meal. And offering up fruit and healthy choices at the buffet will certainly help all the other parents have a good time! When there are lots of kids around, it’s best to have plenty of soft drink options. Use a bar service so alcohol can be kept separate.
Weddings can go on quite late into the evening. When kids get overtired, they have a tendency to get emotional. Rather than having to tend to a temper tantrum on your wedding day, why not install a quiet area for the kids to retire to. You may have a family DVD on a low volume and lots of cushions on the floor for the children to lay on. This saves you having to leave the celebrations to put them to bed. Best of all, it saves you having to say goodbye to them on your big day.
Weddings with your kids can be wonderful. Your most beautiful day can be all the more special when your children are involved. Enjoy your amazing day.