Children can take the wedding ceremony up a notch. The common roles are girls spreading roses and boys carrying the rings.
However, the energy and enthusiasm of youth can be channeled in other delightful ways.
Some of those delightful ways could be stressful due to the uncertainty the young bring.
That is when planning comes into play.
You can usually count on older children to understand the duties and responsibilities that even many adults fail to understand.
Your attitude serves as a barrier that holds disaster at bay if things don’t go exactly the way you planned. A positive attitude allows you to relax and redirect the energy of any situation to the outcome you want.
Don’t freak out.
This article includes strategies to help you remain calm, collected, and fun.
First, decide on Plan B.
Plan B would be good advice in any case even if children were not involved. But with children, plan B is a necessity.
A poor night’s sleep, butterflies in the stomach, or a scraped knee could change things. Have a designated supervisor who can handle the situation and step in with alternatives, simple support or even taking over the role.
Practice But Don’t Over Kill
Weddings could be hectic. You need to rehearse everything. In the case of children, they are used to role-playing so take advantage of it.
Rehearse doesn’t mean taking the fun out of everything. Just like in sports there is such a thing as overtraining and over practicing. You want children for their energy, don’t tire them out through too much practice.
The wedding may not be as important to children as it is to you. Fun is always important to them. Designate someone to entertain them and keep them happy while they wait to play their part.
Another good idea for couples who wish to include children in the wedding is to have a friend or family member who is good with children be responsible for entertaining the children who will be participating in the wedding ceremony.
I emphasize good with children. Having children doesn’t automatically make you good at it. There are those who have never had children and are so much better with them than others who have had several kids.
Keep The Camera Rolling
The uncertainty children could provide years of delightful memories. Designate someone besides your official wedding videographer to keep recording children. You never know when the next youtube sensation may show up.
It could be at your wedding filming one of your youngest helpers.