8 unique ideas for involving children in weddings
If you're online a lot (and who isn't these days, right?), you've probably seen photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina's wedding in your social network feeds.
You may also have noticed how the couple found a truly unique way of involving their 6 kids in the momentous event —by incorporating their artwork in Angelina's wedding veil!
And why not, right? Everyone knows that their children play a vital role in the couple's life.
In fact, Angelina and Brad had this to say about their wedding:
"It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter. It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family."
If you think about it, children really do make a wedding more special and beautiful. For one thing, their innocence adds even more beauty to such a memorable event.
Add to that their infectious laughter and excitement, and you've got yourself a truly special occasion.
So, if you're in need of unique ideas for involving children in weddings — whether they are the bride’s own kids or those of family and/or guests — we've rounded up a few, especially for you!
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1. Take inspiration from Brangelina!
Yes, that’s right — if you have kids and are getting married, why not get them to decorate part of your wedding dress like Angelina’s kids did?
It could be a piece as large as your veil or a portion of your dress, or something small like a little handkerchief that you can keep with you as you walk down the aisle.
Whatever it is, this would be a truly beautiful way to involve your kids — and create something you can treasure forever!
Image source: Hello! Magazine
2. Create your bouquet, the kiddie way
If there are going to be lots of little kids at a wedding (the bride’s own or other kids), here’s a lovely idea:
- Have the children stand in a line along the aisle, holding a flower or two each.
- As the bride walks towards the groom, the little ones can each hand her their flower/s.
- By the time the bride reaches her groom, she’ll have a very uniquely put-together bouquet!
3. Recite beautiful words
There’s nothing quite as sweet as hearing beautiful words spoken in a little child’s innocent voice.
So, if there is a child at the wedding who can already read well, why not have him or her recite a beautiful poem or passage from a book that has meaning for both the bride and the groom?
4. One for the candy lovers
A common tradition associated with weddings is the 'bouquet toss,' when the bride throws her bouquet for someone to catch.
To add more fun to this classic wedding reception activity, plus to get the kids involved, try this:
Throw a ‘candy bouquet’ for the kids and the real one for the adults! Everyone will be happy without a doubt!
5. Service with a giggle
If you’re having an outdoor wedding and you know it’s going to be hot and sunny, have the kids man a lemonade or drinks stall.
The drinks stall will add a touch of uniqueness to your décor, the kids will have a blast, and your guests will be kept cool and refreshed — it’s a win-win situation!
Image courtesy of Lisa Horten
6. It’s all about the props
If you’ve got yourself a little ringbearer, try this idea.
Instead of getting him to walk down the aisle with your ring, decorate a little tricycle (vintage, if possible!) with the colours of your wedding and have him ride it towards you.
You can be sure that he will enjoy this so much more than just walking, plus your guests will be amused by the little cutie.
Of course, last but not the least, it’ll make for such gorgeous pictures!
If the bride/groom also has a family pet, you can even have the ringbearer walk the dog down the aisle. But only try this with a well-trained dog!
Image courtesy of Sloan Photographers
7. Bride’s little helper
Kids — especially little girls — love being involved in ‘adult’ things. So if the bride has a daughter who is old enough, it’s a nice idea to get her involved in the wedding plans right from the start.
From opening presents at the bridal shower and pitching in with ideas for décor and colour, to throwing rose petals on the actual day or handing out wedding cake — it’s a really sweet way of making her a firm part of your wedding memories.
8. Little dancing angels!
Young children enjoy dancing. So get the kids out on the dance floor— it 'll be a treat for everyone to see their adorable moves!
If the bride and/or groom have children of their own, you’re sure to see tears in every eye when they dance with their little ones.
It’s such a lovely way of getting kids involved in a wedding and will sure make for some gorgeous photographs too!