We Are Family

PRECEREMONY-300Though some couples might be nervous about having children at their wedding, little ones can liven up the atmosphere and enhance the celebration. Whether they’re part of the ceremony or guests at the reception, there are several ways to make the day meaningful and stress-free for everyone.

• If the bride and groom have children of their own, the traditional way of including them in the wedding is to make them a ring bearer or flower girl. However, other opportunities abound. “Another cute idea is to substitute your children for the bride’s and groom’s parents during the reception,” says Cassy Fiano, contributor for Jacksonville Moms Blog. “Instead of the bride dancing with her father, she can dance with her son, and instead of dancing with his mother, the groom can dance with his daughter. Imagine the adorable picture opportunities!” According to Fiano, it’s crucial to make kids feel included in the special day. “A wedding is about so much more than just a party; it’s about the creation of a family.”

• If guests are invited to bring their children to the wedding, there are many ways to keep them entertained. “One great option is to get someone to watch the kids at the wedding in a separate room,” Fiano says. Whether that person is a babysitter or family friend, this will allow parents to enjoy the reception while still having their kids nearby. Another option is to set up a kid’s table. “Get a paper tablecloth and some crayons. Throw some toys, puzzles, books and games on the table, and the kids can be occupied throughout the entire reception.”

• It is also important to keep kids in mind when selecting music for the reception.“You want music that adults will want to dance to, but also nothing that will be too crude or vulgar for children,” Fiano says. She suggests throwing in some songs that kids can dance to as well. “A kids table or a babysitter can keep them occupied for a little while, but you don’t want to make them feel like they’re not welcome to have a little fun, too.”

By Manya Goldstein • Photo by Alex Michele Photography

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