How to include your children in second marriages

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Blended families are not uncommon. At least half of the weddings I've planned involved couples who had at least one child coming into the new marriage with them. Most of the time, the kids are really excited about the wedding.

One of my all-time favorite groups arrived wearing team shirts — there were enough children to merit them! But sometimes, even when they like the person their mom or dad is marrying, weddings can still be hard on the children. I've noticed it's especially difficult for kids who have lost a parent. They're happy for their surviving parent, but watching them get married feels different.

Letting the kids help plan the wedding will make them excited to be a part of things. Giving teenagers a chance to help create your wedding reception music playlist, for example, shows you care that they have a good time, too.


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