If you’re not the first of your friends’ group to get married, chances are your friends might need a +child(ren) on their wedding invitations. Now we all love the little angels, but, depending on their age, they can be a bit demanding, have a short attention span and need constant looking after.
Exactly how can you plan your wedding to ensure the kids are kept happy and entertained during the ceremony and reception? Here are five tips from us:
Create an entertainment room
Depending on where you’re having your reception and the space available, this might not be doable. But if you have the opportunity, why not allocate a room as an entertainment station for kids, and equip it with a TV that plays kids’ films on loop, perhaps has an iPad or two with games for the older ones (or Wiis) and lots of paper and colour pencils for artistic fun. Just make sure you hire someone to look after the tiny ones.
Hire a mobile crèche
Find a childcare agency that offers a mobile crèche service and get them booked in today! They will come prepared to do some if not all the things mentioned in the ‘entertainment room’ point above. This way you can be certain there won’t be any screams ruining the speeches or cake cutting moment.
Make party bags
If you don’t have the budget or space to kit out a whole entertainment room, make party bags full of wrapped gift that will take them hours to open and explore. Games, comic books, and colouring in books are great, too many sweets not so much. Last thing you’d want are hyperactive kids running around.
Plan a photography scavenger hunt
If they’re old enough. give them a disposable camera each and instructions of ten things to photograph and send them on their way. Not only will they have fun finding what they need to snap, but you’re likely to get some unique and fun wedding photos.
A clown, magician or face painter will ensure the tiny tots are kept entertained for hours.
You can of course also choose to make your wedding an grown-up event, and kindly ask your friends and relatives to send their kids to grandmothers and aunts, so that they can enjoy a day off from parent duty.
What do you think? Children at weddings: Is it a yes or a no?