Art Linkletter used to have a TV show called "Kids Say the Darnedest Things". You never knew what they were going to say or do as he interviewed them. Even comedians have an axiom that calls for them never to follow a child on stage. But over the years I have found a simple solution to handling children at weddings and wedding receptions. In my role as an Officiant, MC, Wedding Planner or DJ the solution is the same: treat them with respect.
We can guide them into the direction we want with a gentle word or a quiet voice but when the moment comes like the above pictured Mikaela stay in control but let children be children. She wanted to sing so I let her have access to the mic knowing how laid back the Bride was. It was a great moment and got a little girl a standing ovation from the head table. A professional is in the moment and not caught up in the process which is why I let Mikaela sing. All the bits and routines could not equal the sincerity of a child and is a moment Wynter and her new husband will never forget.
A special thanks to Bernie Aho for another great picture!