On your wedding day you want all of your guests to have a great time, even the children. There are plenty of ways to make your young guests feel just as special as the adults. Everything from creating a kid friendly menu and sending them home with their own personal wedding favors to offering a variety of activities and games will help to keep them entertained and having fun all through your wedding ceremony and reception. Check out some of our favorite ideas to keep children busy at your wedding.
If the children are old enough why not let them sit at a table of their own.
Set aside a kids only area stocked with coloring books, bubbles, puzzles, ring toss, etc. You can also let them help you capture memories from your wedding with an I spy with my little camera scavenger hunt.
While the parents are sipping cocktails, why not have a signature drink for the kids as well. You can even offer milk and cookies and other kid approved treats. Chances are the adults won’t be able to resist either.
After the groom pops the question and the bride says yes, we all think the stress is over. Unfortunately, there comes the next big discussion of the guest list. Specifically dealing with extending the invitation to children. Luckily, there are some options that can help ease this controversial topic and limit the havoc it may cause among guests. These will allow for the bride to sit back and enjoy her wedding planning process!
First option is extending the invitation to ONLY children within the family. This can be nieces, nephews, and cousins. This way all family members children are invited and no one feels left out. The important thing to note here is that it is ONLY family members. This guideline highly suggest staying away from inviting a few close friends children. By sticking to just children in the family other guests can understand no one outside of the family was able to bring children. Make sure to stand strong and draw the line just at family!
The second option is to invite only children in the wedding party. Meaning any children that are either a junior bridesmaid, flower girl, or ring bearer. This limits the children attending the wedding. Family members and other guests will welcome the idea when they understand no children outside of the wedding party are allowed at the wedding. This is one of the best options if the bride wants a children-free ceremony and reception.
The third option is to invite all the guests children. It is hard to limit to just family and some close friends. It makes the guests question why their kids weren’t invited when they see a group of kids running around. To avoid conflict if you are inviting children outside of the family, the best option is to extend an invitation to the rest of the guests children.
Whatever option the couple chooses on their big day it is important to draw the line! It needs to be clearly defined of what children are allowed. Some guest may ask or include their children in the RSVP, so be prepared to stick to your decision. After all it is the bride’s big day, so it is her choice in the end!
Keeping kids occupied during the wedding and reception can be quite the task. Luckily, CBE has a few ideas that will keep them busy so the kids can enjoy the wedding as much as the adults!
During the ceremony, children tend to be antsy; creating a wedding coloring book is the perfect idea to keep them occupied Design the coloring book by illustrating your wedding story. Another fun idea is to create an I Spy list for the kids and put them out with some disposable cameras. It is a great way to involve kids in your special day and get some fun pictures from their perspective as well.
Children don’t want to miss out on any of the wedding fun. Make them feel like a special part of your by doing some thoughtful extras for them. During champagne toasts, don’t let them feel left out! Fill their champagne flutes with root beer or sparkling grape juice. To add an extra special treat, fill their flutes with milk and top them with a cookie!
While each aspect of a wedding can hold the power to make you say “aw,” one truly adorable component is the beloved flower girl. Since this can be such a great part of the ceremony, we thought we’d share some unique takes on the role. The petal toss may be perfect for you, but if not here are some awesome alternatives:
- Fall Wedding? Have her carry a pumpkin basket!
- If pumpkins aren’t your thing, try tossing colorful leaves instead, or combine the two!
- If you’re a dog lover, try having the two walk down the aisle together…the crowd will go crazy with a cute overload.
- Bringing balloons down the aisle can add a whimsical touch.
- The flower girl as a messenger: having the groom write a note to the bride right before the ceremony can be a heart-felt addition.
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Interested in having some extra entertainment for guests at your wedding, but concerned about rain or not enough outdoor space? There are tons of fun indoor crowd pleasers to keep spirits high, even before any champagne gets poured. From classic board games, to special crossword puzzles with questions about the happy couple, there is no limit to the fun you can provide.
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Have a pretty large time gap between the ceremony and the reception? Many out of town guests may not know of places to go or things to do. Especially if you have one location for both, many will stay and relax for the downtime. Cocktail hour and appetizers are always a great idea, but having some activities for the guests will be greatly appreciated!
If you have some outdoor space, beanbag toss, bocce ball, mini golf, or a sack race for kids would be really fun. You can even customize games to your wedding colors or make special rules that you and your groom decide. Guests are sure to have a blast!
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This last idea for children on your wedding day is both interactive and extremely fun for both the children and adults. Creating a scavenger hunt for the children is just another way to keep them entertained for the entire reception. Each child is given a camera and a list of tasks that must be completed and documented throughout the night. This activity is perfect for older children, yet also allows the younger children to engage with the older ones. This is also another way to document the ceremony. Ask the children to leave the cameras and you can develop these pictures leaving you with great new pictures, and fun moments to capture through a child’s eyes!