Hello friends! Many couples opt for child-free weddings (which is totally okay!) while others decide to include little ones in their big day. If you are inviting children do your wedding, you can plan a few activities or other distractions to keep them occupied. It’s certainly not necessary, but it’s a nice touch – and has the added bonus of lowering the chance of a toddler tantrum. Here are a few ideas:
- A sweet treat at the ceremony. For children attending the ceremony, place a non-messy piece of candy on their seats. Something like a lollipop will keep them occupied and hopefully sitting somewhat still throughout the proceedings.
- Prepare activity packs for the reception. Wedding receptions can be long and boring for kids. Placing activity packs on their chairs is an easy, inexpensive way to keep them entertained. Fill a tote bag with things like coloring books, paper, stickers, crayons, game books (word searches, crossword puzzles, etc), and other trinkets. Avoid things that can get messy or could stain – like markers or messy snacks.
- Hire kid-friendly performers. If you have the budget, you can hire kid-friendly performers like a magician or balloon artist to entertain the kids in a separate area. You can also hire someone to direct a craft station.
- Offer babysitting. This is another option for those that might have the budget. Your guests who are moms and dads will LOVE you if you can offer an on-site child-care option during the wedding, so they can enjoy a kid-free night of fun. Have someone watch, feed and entertain the little ones in a close-by area so their parents can check in, but still let loose.
Again, providing child-friendly accommodations is not necessary nor is it expected. But if you can swing it, extra touches like these can make all the difference for your guests.
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