Here’s how you can do just that:
First off, you want to make them feel like they’re a valued part of the wedding ceremony. Including them on the invitee list and sending them a personalized invite through a professional firm like Pure Invitation, coupled with a childish theme will make them feel like they are sought-after and a wanted member of the wedding ceremony. This will help dispel the feeling that they are just being dragged to a relative's wedding. They’re likely to feel very proud.
Children often have different eating requirements than adults, in that their comfort zone is rarely something that’s easy to endanger. Make sure that your wedding menu both includes children’s and veggie options, a couple of them if possible. Plan ahead and ask your relative what their children most likes to eat. For dessert, also don’t be afraid to treat them. Just be mindful of the sugar rush that is likely to have them running around for an hour or two after dinner, before they fall asleep in the arms of their parents.
Kids love to play. Sometimes they love to play so much that things can get out of hand. Whether that’s with other children, or with your bridal gown train fabric, they’re likely to cause some mischief. It’s just part of childhood. However, your overly planned and detailed wedding day is the sworn enemy of mischief, to a degree. This isn’t to encourage you to become too uptight about children having fun, but having some foresight might serve you well before things do get out of hand.
Do you have anywhere to occupy the children, like a play area? Would you like them to be outside for the reception with a close relative? What would work for you?
Having children can be a handful, but planning and executing a successful wedding can be, too. Make sure that you keep them happy, well fed, and well planned for, and they’re sure to be a valuable, beautiful addition to your wedding ceremony. There’s nothing quite like smiling and happy kids to be involved in your wedding photo’s, and it’s a wonderful way to include them in the family.
Use your best common sense, and you’re sure to provide them with a lasting and lovely memory.