updated 05/03/2011 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/03/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
“The kids have known we were getting married since we got engaged,” Rimes tells PEOPLE of Cibrian’s sons Mason, 7, and Jake, 4, from his first marriage. “We explained that they were going to have two families.”
Adds Cibrian, 37, “The kids come first in everything we do. We wanted to make sure LeAnn and my wedding was not only ours, but their party too. They were beyond excited to celebrate us all coming together as a family.”
Preparing the boys for the steps ahead wasn’t something the newlyweds took lightly. The couple went to therapy to figure out which words to use and how to talk to Mason and Jake about such a big concept.