By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings
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Blending families is becoming increasingly common, and many couples want to make sure that their step-children feel included and loved on their wedding day. Including step-children in the wedding ceremony can be a beautiful way to celebrate your new family, but it can also require some thought and planning. Here are some unique ways to include step-children in your wedding ceremony.
- Ask them to be part of the wedding party One way to include step-children in the ceremony is to ask them to be part of the wedding party. This can involve roles such as a junior bridesmaid, flower girl, ring bearer, or even a bridesman or groomswoman. By involving them in the wedding party, they will feel like they are an important part of the day and will have a special role to play.
- Create a unity ceremony A unity ceremony is a symbolic gesture that represents the coming together of two families. You could include a unity candle or sand ceremony, where each family member pours a different color of sand into a shared container, creating a unique and beautiful representation of the blending of families.
- Exchange vows with the children, including step-children in the vows can be a powerful way to show your love and commitment to your new family. You could create a special vow for your step-child, expressing your love and commitment to them and your desire to build a strong and loving family together.
- Have a family dance Another way to include step-children in the ceremony is to have a family dance. This could involve the newlyweds and their step-children dancing together, or even a father-daughter dance that includes both the bride and her step-daughter. This is a beautiful way to show your love and appreciation for your new family.
- Create a family portrait A family portrait is a great way to commemorate your wedding day and the new family that you are building together. Consider taking a special family portrait that includes the newlyweds and their step-children or even a larger family portrait that includes all the extended family members.
Including step-children in the wedding ceremony is a meaningful way to show your love and commitment to your new family. By involving them in the wedding party, creating a unity ceremony, exchanging vows with the children, having a family dance, or creating a family portrait, you can make sure that your step-children feel loved, included, and special on your wedding day. Remember to talk to your partner and step-children about what they would like to do, and have fun incorporating these unique and beautiful ideas into your ceremony.
Rebecca Barnes is the publisher of Brides & Weddings, the trusted local wedding planning guide for more than 25 years. Rebecca is passionate about helping couples plan their dream weddings. Schedule a complimentary wedding planning consultation, call with Rebecca today.