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After deciding to get married, it's important that you inform the children about your plans before you tell anyone else. They need to know how this will impact their life. Will there be lots of changes or just a few changes?
If you are still on friendly terms with your ex, share the news and even send an invite (if it won't make an uncomfortable situation). If included, your children will see that they don't have to take "sides" when it comes to their parents.
Children need to know that they are still loved and respected. One way to show them is by including them in your wedding planning. Here are a few suggestions:
Not all children will want to be included. This may be a hard situation for them to handle. If they are old enough, they may resent you for marrying again. If this is the case, don't push them to be involved in your wedding planning. They just need time to adjust.
If all goes well and the children are happy with your decision, there are many ways you can include them in your wedding and make them feel like part of the family. Here are a few suggestions:
Just remember, the most important thing is that they feel like part of the family!
If a parent gets remarried after a divorce or the death of their spouse, they may decide to have a Family Medallion Ceremony. After the couple exchange wedding rings, their children join them at the altar. The bride and groom will then place a sterling-silver medal around the neck of each child and pledge their love to them. This is a very special ceremony and will definitely make them feel like part of the family.
A wedding sand ceremony provides a unique alternative for your wedding ceremony. During the wedding ceremony, both the bride and groom will pour sand from their own vases into a larger new vase. The new vase then becomes a symbol of their joined life together. With so many colors of sand to choose from its easy to match your wedding colors. A sand ceremony is also an excellent choice for including children in the wedding. (Each child also pours sand into the ceremony vase to symbolize the new family.) You may also want to consider a unity sand shadow box.
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