LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian: How We Prepared the Kids for Our Wedding

from left to right: LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian with his sons Mason and Jake

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updated 05/03/2011 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 05/03/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET

Three days before their April 22 wedding, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian sat down with his young sons to tell them about the big day and what they could expect.

“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.

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