A Family Affair
For most of us, it was a happy shock when, after nine years and six children together, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tied the knot in France. But one thing didn’t surprise us—the fact that their kids played a major role in the celebration, whether it was acting as flower girls and ring bearers like in the case of the younger kids, or accompanying their mother down the aisle, as their two eldest sons did. As more couples either wait until after having children to marry, or remarry with kids from previous relationships, we’re seeing more and more real weddings in which parents make an effort to include little ones in the big occasion. Here, some of our favorite ways to involve your children in your wedding.
Plan Special Pictures
You're going to be taking a ton of pictures on the big day, so why not add a few more specifically for the special little ones in your life? Ask your photographer to take a few of just you and the kids, bring a few props, and make it seem like a mini photo shoot (that will only take 5 minutes!). Not only will the kids feel important, but you'll have those photos to remember forever. You can even gift each kid with a framed photo from the shoot once you get the images back.
Invite Them to Join the First Dance
Halfway through Michael and Abigail’s first dance, his son and daughter cut in and joined the fun. Doing this at your reception not only includes the kids in the celebration—it also creates an adorable photo op.
Have a Second Father-Daughter Dance
If the groom has a daughter who is old enough to have a favorite musician, let her pick out a song for a special dance with the man of the hour. After Kate Bosworth danced with her father to “Stand by Me” at her wedding, her new husband, Michael Polish hit the floor with his daughter, Jasper, to Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors”.
Have them Join the Cake Cutting
The cake cutting is a fun part of the reception that even the kids love to pay attention to. Ask the little ones in your life to join you for this special moment and explain that only the best guests get to do the cutting. Offer them the first slices, too, because what kid (and adult, for that matter) doesn't love cake?!
Providing art supplies for younger kids at your reception will keep them entertained and result in cherished family mementos. At Abigail’s wedding, her now-official daughter, Eve, drew a picture of the couple that hangs framed in the family’s hallway.
No matter how you choose to have the children in your wedding, it will be special and magical regardless. You’ll be able to cherish these memories forever and look back at them fondly when they are older!