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Including Children in Your Ceremony


Children can be included in your wedding celebration in many ways.

Older children can walk the bride down the isle, give her away, be an honor attendant, or a junior bridesmaid. Younger children can be flower girls or boys, they can be the ring bearer, perhaps walk a favorite pet to the front of the venue.

I have performed wedding ceremonies where a parent will offer a token, ring, flower, or other symbol to the child to show their support of the family.

One wedding included a separate Medallion ceremony where the children were joined into the family by the receiving of coins and necklaces; similar to the giving and receiving of rings. Another ceremony included and exchange of promises between the step-parent and the child.

The ceremony I prepared for my daughter used the following exchange between her three children and their new step-dad and included the children in the sand ceremony:

"Through the unity of bringing the two of you together as partners, you also bring Anthony, Madison and Jennica into your family.

Sean, will you honor, respect and empower Anthony, Madison and Jennica? Will you guide them as a responsible and loving role model? Do you promise to hold their hand, hug them endlessly, play with them, listen to their needs and provide them the security and safety of a father's love each and every day? [I will]

Please seal this promise with a hug!

Anthony, will you accept Sean's love for you as your friend and parent, and allow him to love you, listen to you, and guide you through your life? [Yes, I will.] Would you please add your sand on top of your parent's sand in the vase.

Madison, will you accept Sean's love for you as your friend and parent, and allow him love you, listen to you, and guide you through your life? [Yes, I will.] Would you please add your sand on top of your parent's sand in the vase.

Jennica, will you accept Sean's love for you as your friend and parent, and allow him love you, listen to you, and guide you through your life? [Yes, I will.] Would you please add your sand on top of your parent's sand in the vase.

Sean, Stacy, Anthony, Madison and Jennica, the sealing of this marriage also seals the union of you as a family. In good times and bad, always remember the vows and promises each of you made today... for your word is and will always be, the most important thing you will ever have."

There are many ways to add children to your wedding ceremony the ways are only limited by your imagination. If you have children and wish to include them in your ceremony, let's discuss some of the ways to make that possible.


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