Including Children in the Ceremony 

Response:  One of the important changes in wedding tradition over the past decade has been the degree to which children of the bride and/or the groom have become active participants in the wedding service. Weddings, in general, are becoming more family oriented as couples recognize the importance of significant family members during the ceremony. This is particularly true when children from previous relationships are involved or when the couple has children prior to celebrating the marriage commitment. In such cases, the wedding, in addition to celebrating a relationship of two, becomes a family commitment. Most clergy now have ceremony resources for including children in the wedding. The most popular of these is the Family Medallion® Service that involves not only a verbal commitment to each child by parents but their recognition through the presentation of a three-ring pendant known as the Family Medallion®. For more information on the Family Medallion® ceremony, visit