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For weddings that include a Flower Girl, Ringbearer, and other small children, you can expect that something funny will happen. Children always put a smile on peoples faces, especially when at weddings. If you are planning to attend a wedding of a family member or close friend and have children, it is crucial that the children be prepared for the wedding. Although it is difficult for some smaller kids to understand why being quiet is so important, at least take time to talk to them about what will happen or you might consider finding a childcare provider.

As the bride and groom, handing children before the ceremony can be stressful. If you know of friends or family members that will be bringing their children, you can ask one of the parents if he or she would like to give the children a role in the wedding. This will keep them busy with somethingto do, make them feel special, and keep the noise and restlessness to a minimum. For instance, for the older children, you might ask a few to read, a bible verse or poem, sing a song, or even serve as an alter boy or girl. Other activities would include passing out the wedding programs as people enter the church and then hand out rice, bubbles, or other items used to toss at the newly married couple as they leave for the reception.

If the bride and/or groom have children, there are several great options. For instance, if the bride does not have a living father or one that is out of the country, then perhaps the children could walk her down the aisle. For the groom, his children could easily serve as wedding attendants. After all, most couples getting married with children have spent quality time together as a whole family, understanding the importance of including the children. For those bringing children to a wedding, make sure they have had a nap just before the ceremony, that they have eaten a low-sugar meal, and bring along healthy snacks, crayons and coloring book, regular books, or quiet toys to keep them entertained during the ceremony. However, as a parent, you know that you will need to be prepared to step out of the church should your child have a different view of his or her role.

If children will be in the wedding photographs, ask the photographer to take the pictures taken before the ceremony begins. Children do not stand still very well and by changing the time for the photographs, they will do much better. Make sure the children are comfortably dressed, including both the clothes and the shoes. If you find your child getting restless during the wedding, try removing his or her shoes to give the feet a rest.

At the wedding reception, you can once again put some of the children to work, which they love. With disposable cameras, assign cameras to several of the older children and after giving them some general instructions, ask them to go around and take candid shots. In addition to keeping the kids entertained, you will get some very interesting and unique shots. If the reception will last longer than one hour, set up an area with toys, a game table, and other fun things for them to do. Additionally, for a minimal cost, you can hire one or two teenagers to watch the kids, getting them food, drinks, and keeping them busy while the adults visit.

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