The Church of England have issued couples with tips on how to conduct a child friendly wedding.
Not too long ago, weddings were an adult affair with children only attending the reception at the children’s table. But too often today, couple’s vows were drowned out by screeching toddlers and crying babies. Despite this, the Church are insisting that children should play a part.
A church survey of more than 2,000 people revealed that 85 per cent agreed with children being allowed to attend weddings, with 9 per cent disagreeing.
The advice sheet produced by the church provides a number of ideas designed to keep children occupied. One suggestion is that each child is given a “wedding bag” either at the beginning of the ceremony or at the wedding reception venue, which will contain cards and crayons which can be used to make cards for the happy couple.
Another suggestion is a “wedding themed fun sheet” which has word searches, puzzles and pictures to colour in as well as a list of “things to spot within the church or service.”
Couples that already have children could stand with their parents whilst prayers and the blessings are said as it emphasises that the “wedding is a new beginning for the whole family,” the guide added. Those parents with older children could write prayers for the service, do readings or could even walk their mother down the aisle.
The Rt Revd Paul Bayes the Bishop of Hertford told The Telegraph: “This solves a key wedding planning puzzle and shows couples needn’t worry about inviting children.”