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Involve Children in Planning Your Microwedding Ceremony with Seasonal Crafts

Published Friday, Oct. 9th, 2020

Illustration of two young children doing a painting project to make wedding decorations. They are holding up their hands, which are covered in paint, and laughing.
Illustrations by Jessica Levey

Creative ways to include children in your wedding plans



Need some help keeping your kids busy while you plan your pandemic wedding? Been stuck inside together a little too much lately… with a million wedding details and venue and guest list changes to think about?


You’re not alone, that’s for sure! With an ongoing trend-shift toward smaller outdoor weddings with close family and friends, and in the spirit of the fall and winter seasons, here are a few kid-friendly, ceremony-inspired crafts to keep the young ones busy as your wedding day approaches!  



Wedding Officiants: If you're trying to prepare for fall and winter wedding season, read: From Seasonal Masks to Extra Mics, 5 Things Officiants Can Do Right Now to Prepare for Fall and Winter Wedding Ceremonies!)



Illustration of a stack of drawing paper and colorful crayons, with the drawing of a heart

Children can make fun wedding ceremony decorations, placemats for a wedding reception dinner, and other cute handmade crafts




11 Fun and creative ways to include children in your wedding ceremony plans 



1. Write a wedding song or poem to share at the ceremony… kid’s poems are a fun and inclusive addition to standard vows! 


(Read Wedding Ceremony Scripts with Participation of Children)



2. Write and decorate place cards or place mats for socially distanced tables to make guests feel welcome. Having a hand-drawn personalized seating assignment should make up for deferred hugs.


Related: 7 Tips For a Stress-free and Socially Distanced Wedding Ceremony)



3. Decorate hand sanitizer bottles using Mod Podge or washable glue, construction paper, or markers.



4. Decorate cloth wedding masks or paper wedding crowns with washable markers to create unique keepsakes.



5. Paint pumpkins and decorative gourds with the wedding colors, or just freestyle it.


Illustration of pumpkins painted with red and white heart designs for a fall wedding or winter wedding decorations

Painted pumpkins are a cute addition to any fall wedding ceremony or reception



6. Organize welcome baskets or favors, and include mini hand sanitizer to go with those mini champagne bottles and sweet treats.



7. Decorate jam jars for candles or flowers using Mod Podge or washable glue, construction paper, or markers.



8. Make paper cup twinkle lights by poking a small hole in the bottom of a cup with a pencil, to fit over the bulbs of holiday lights.



9. Fold origami cranes, lovebirds, dinosaurs, or “improvised” creatures of any shape...



10. Stamp envelopes for printed invitations, which can make memorable keepsakes,  even for guests attending over Zoom.


Related: The Pros and Cons of Virtual Weddings: Is a Zoom ceremony the right choice for you?)



11. Hole-punch colorful fall leaves for an eco-friendly, no-cleanup-required confetti to celebrate your autumnal backyard ceremony.

Related: 7 Eco Friendly Wedding Ideas Inspired by Earth Day



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Fall Wedding Ceremony Script

with Reading From "Harvest Moon"

This autumn inspired Fall wedding ceremony script is written by a professional wedding officiant and can be used as-is, or personalized with details from your love story. It includes a special reading of Neil Young's song Harvest Moon, reflections on the changing color of the leaves, a moment of mindfulness, and more.



A bride and groom pose outdoors on a sunny fall day, surrounded by colorful fall leaves



Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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