Remember that your wedding day will be long for little ones, so you’ll need to think about keeping them happy and occupied from ceremony to dance. By doing so, you’ll make their parents very happy, too!
Here is some advice for you from our recent brides and brides to be on the topic
KID QUESTION #1:
If you invited kids to your wedding, how did you entertain them? Did you leave it up to the parents or take matters into your own hands?
April: We set a table specifically for the kids that included a mound of candy, bubbles and a butcher paper tablecloth with crayons for drawing. We positioned that table close to the head table to make them feel involved during the dinner.
Mindy: At the time I didn’t have my own kids so I didn’t even think about providing something for them to do. I once attended a wedding where they had coloring books and crayons for the kids and I thought that was a great idea – it was such a small investment to make and the parents could have a little more quiet time. Another great idea they had at this same wedding was a snack/candy bar. They filled glass vases with all sorts of colorful candy and trail mix to keep the kids busy while they were waiting for dinner to be served.
Sara: I considered having some sort of coloring page for the kids but didn’t get around to it. We did have a candy buffet that helped keep them busy at the start of the reception. Also, there were enough kids there that they kept each other entertained on the dance floor.
Courtney: I haven’t thought about how to entertain the kids at our wedding, but there won’t be that many of them and half of the kids that will be there are under the age of 3 so I’m thinking I will leave it up to the parents – one less thing I have to worry about!
KID QUESTION #2:
Did you make any special accommodations for kids? (menu, babysitters, hokey pokey, etc.)?
April: We did not have to make any accommodations for the kids they were between the ages of 6-12 and were self-sufficient and found their own entertainment.
Mindy: Yes, I provided a kids’ menu, which offered a couple of food options. The DJ also played the hokey pokey and invited the kids to do the limbo. I thought this was a good ice breaker to get people in the mood to dance.
Sara: The DJ did play plenty of the cheesy participation songs at the start of the dance that kept them entertained. I also offered a kids’ meal option.
Courtney: The only accommodation I plan on having for the kids at our wedding is a meal off the children’s menu at the reception. I have seen at other weddings where there has been a children’s play area with games, face painting, etc., and an appointed adult to keep them entertained for a part of the evening. That concept seems to be a hit and if I knew I was going to have a lot of kids at our wedding I would consider having something similar.
KID QUESTION #3:
Any advice for brides based on what you learned?
Sarah: If you’re a kid person, feel free to entertain; if you’re not a kid person, leave it to the parents. The most important thing at your wedding is to enjoy yourself. If kids are not a top priority for you, it’s not your responsibility to keep them happy. If you’re a bride who loves seeing kids happy, then include something for them. Do what makes YOU happy, and leave all other worries at the door.
April: I am glad we did it the way we did, it was a delight to have them participate in our wedding celebration.
Mindy: Kids are too much fun not to invite them to your wedding. It makes the parents happy that they don’t HAVE to find a sitter and it makes attending your wedding a fun family memory. I’ve never heard of a kid ruining anyone’s wedding day so I guess my advice is to include everyone if you can.
Sara: Having a special meal option for kids will be appreciated by the parents and will also save you money. Also, it’s probably best to have a small group of kids invited opposed to just one or two (say if you have a flower girl and ring bearer but invite no other kids), as they entertain each other.
Courtney: I don’t have any first-hand advice since our wedding hasn’t been here yet, but I think that if you are going to have a lot of kids at your wedding you should consider having some sort of play area to keep them entertained for a while.
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