Including Minor Children of the Bride or Groom

By Dave Sugarbaker
With many thanks to Ultimate Weddings

Some couples present a medallion or gift in recognition of the children they bring with them into the marriage. One couple, each in their second marriage and bringing children to their marriage, called their four children (three his; one hers) to the altar and presented each with a beautiful, engraved key chain and a key to their new home. The engraving included the name of the child and on the other side "The Door is Always Open." It was a beautiful and welcoming gesture to their children, who may have had some mixed emotions at seeing their parent marrying again.

Other ways to incorporate your children include nominating them to be flower girls, ring bearers, junior Bridesmaids or ushers; or if eight years old or older, having them be your Best Man or Maid of Honor.

Other roles for the children of the Bride or Groom might be to Escort the Bride, especially if it's the Bride's child(ren); tend the guest book; distribute favors and/or the rice before the Bride & Groom leave the reception.