If you and your future spouse have already had children, or children are present from a previous relationship, they should obviously be included in the festivities. Their involvement will make them feel more included in your big day; involving them in appropriate ways will make them feel comfortable and welcome during the wedding. Here are some great ideas for including kids at wedding events on your big day.

1. Bridal Party

Smaller versions of bridesmaids and groomsmen can lend your wedding an air of fun and frivolity. If you’ve got kids who are pre-teen and ‘tween age, they can fill out roles in your bridal party, giving them ample opportunities to participate in otherwise “grown-up” activities like the bridal shower and the less risque parts of the bachelor/bachelorette parties. They’ll feel like an integral part of your wedding and even get to dress the part, garnering you a few points for being so cool! Younger kids at wedding events can serve as junior bridal party members (sans responsibilities but in full dress) or as ring-bearers or flower girls.

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