We can’t deny that the modern-day family is taking on new forms all the time, and the joining of two existing families is a common occurrence. These unions don’t come without their share of complications, so make the wedding as stress free as you can by involving all members as you plan this celebration.
FAMILY MEETINGS: Have the two families get together for scheduled meetings to discuss the plans, make assignments and to check progress. These meetings will not only allow everyone to gauge how things are being completed but an opportunity for the families to get know each other better while working as a family.
INCLUSION: There are many options of inclusion for children young and old. Grown or older children can serve as a groomsmen or bridesmaid. Considering their age and your existing relationship, you may even want them to stand as your maid of honor or best man. Youngsters, eight to fourteen years old, can be junior groomsmen or junior bridesmaids. Little ones, three to seven years old, are perfect as a ring bearer or flower girl. One trend growing in popularity is to have a child give the bride away.
Those children not participating in the actual ceremony can contribute in other helpful ways. Assign them to be in charge of: the guest book; directing guests; handing out programs, flowers, rice. etc. The reception is the perfect place to assign your young aspiring photographers and videographers to take lots of impromptu pictures and videos for your albums and social media.
RECOGNITION: The ceremony not only means saying “I do” to your spouse but to your new blended family as well. Many families are now asking the children to join them for a small part of the ceremony to express their love and commitment as a family. A small gift such as a necklace or ring is often presented to the children.
At the reception, show your love with a welcoming toast to your new blended family and don’t forget to put your own new spin on the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances.
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