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Tips for Wedding Ceremonies Involving Children
From Mr Peter Grant - Cvil Marriage Celebrant
Celebrants & Celebrations Network Austraia
Many of our wedding ceremonies now involve extended families with the couple having children (either together or from previous relationships) and that immediate family being readily accepted by parents, siblings and grandparents.
We advise our couples that the wedding ceremony is a terrific event to incorporate the love and acceptance across all levels of the family unit. We ensure that the involvement of family members does not detract from the solemnization of the marriage nor dilute the focus from the Bride and Groom.
My advice to couples is to sit with their celebrant and discuss the various ways and rituals that can be used to incorporate their children and their parents into their ceremony. Some of the ways we have done this is for the Bride to pause during the Processional next to the mothers (of the Bride and Groom) seated in the front seating and hand them a single red rose each as a token of love.
Then the Bride and Groom make a small presentation (a ring, a book, something) to each of the children in their family unit and speak a few words about how they love them and will nurture them through their life together. The children are encouraged to say similar words of endearment. The fathers of the Bride and Groom are encouraged to be the witnesses at the signing of the Register. Finally, the newlyweds exchange a single red rose after the signing as their first gift together as husband and wife. All very romantic and full of emotional meaning.
These activities may be in place of a second reading and / or a symbolic ritual.
If the Bride and Groom are determined that they want to involve family members, they should not allow the chosen celebrant to move them from that resolve.
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Mr Peter always helpful with your tips and thanks for sharing. I am a Wedding celebrant myself and it is really a great idea to involve families into these ceremonies to establish lasting memories. Celebrants are always there to manage situations when they are planned before hand. it is usually the experience that actually counts when dealing with big ceremonies.