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kids stuff Some brides just cant imagine getting married without their favorite youngsters participating. Whether its the brides or grooms own child or a favorite niece or nephew, there are many ways to involve kids in the wedding.
Sheryl Garman, president of Perfect Weddings in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, says one couple included the brides 7-year-old son in the ceremony. They called him to the altar to present him with a special family medallion, which was emblazoned with three interconnected circles to symbolize the boys importance in this new family and the bride and grooms continued love for him, Garman explains.
Couples might ask their own teenagers to be maid of honor or best man. Younger children can be junior bridesmaids, pageboys, flower girls or ring bearers. However, some experts caution against including toddlers, as they could draw attention away from the bridal couple. Others say phooeytheres nothing wrong with a cute flower girl skipping up the aisle.
As long as they are walking[-age], kids can be part of the ceremony. If theres a concern, youngsters can always walk in a small group or be accompanied by a bridesmaid or parent, Garman says.
Whenever children are part of the wedding party, the couple must consider their special needs says Bobbie Yarrusso of Creative Event Designs in Wilmington.
Remember that young children get cranky when they get tired, Yarrusso says. An afternoon wedding with an early evening reception will work much better than a party that goes on into the night.
Keep in mind that children can be picky eaters. A hamburger or chicken fingers will be much more appealing to them than grilled salmon (and less costly for you, too).
Yarrusso suggests hiring a babysitter while mom and dad are busy on the dance floor. Coloring books, crayons and other quiet activities can occupy the kids when their attention starts to wane.
Most important, you need to be patient with children in your wedding, Yarrusso adds. You have to realize that the wedding wont be perfect. You never know what kids will do.