Child's Play: Keeping Kids Entertained at a Wedding
To invite kids or not to invite kids – that is the question. When you’re sending invitations to potential guests it’s important to be clear if children are invited. That way you give parents advance notice so they can organize babysitters.
Children are great fun at weddings, but we’ve all seen young ones lose interest in a wedding ceremony and decide it’s time to have a loud conversation with Mom and Dad. Let’s be honest, long periods of sitting still and being quiet can be very difficult for young children, so if you’ve decided to include kids in your invitations then you should think about keeping them entertained.
Kid-friendly wedding ideas can cost as little or as much as you want them to. Set aside some money for entertaining children and you can see what will work within your budget.
Create a kids area
Whether you're hosting an indoor affair or an outdoor ceremony, you can keep kids entertained at weddings by setting up a kids-only area. For indoor weddings try board games and video games, or set up games outside at an outdoor wedding. Set up a children’s table with toys, stuffed animals, princess crowns, pirate hats and other costumes for the children to play with. If you have a big enough budget you can hire a carer or chaperone to look after the children during your marriage ceremony so you avoid any kids having tantrums when you say 'I do'.
Give them activity bags
Party bags filled with fun things and activities are a great idea for your wedding reception. As soon as they arrive at the venue you can get someone to hand out bags filled with fun! You can print off coloring pages and give them small packs of crayons to keep them busy, bubbles are cheap and fun for kids to play with, finger puppets are perfect to occupy them during dinner… the list of fun things you can include is endless! Anything that will keep children occupied can be included in the bags. You can even buy pre-made wedding packs for children if you find you don’t have the time to put them together.
Encourage a dance party.
Kids love to dance, so when the music comes on why not get the celebrations started with a dance party. Get all the children involved in a dance-off and see who has the best moves. The children at your wedding will have lots of fun, and hopefully get tired out too. You can make it even more fun for the children (and adults) by having blow up guitars, saxophones and microphones on each table. You’ll get some funny and fun photos too!
Set up a movie room
Children will be absorbed in almost any movie you put on. If you have access to a room with a TV, you can put on some family friendly movies to keep children occupied. You could even put on a few wedding themed movies to tie-in with the day. Make the room comfortable with blankets and cushions and some snacks like popcorn. Don’t forget to make sure there is a responsible adult or one of the parents in the room with the children at all times.
Provide professional entertainment
The easiest way to keep children entertained is to hire a professional. You can schedule the entertainment for the drinks reception or have it in a separate room during the speeches. There are entertainers of all types available for weddings, from magicians to balloon modelers, and they will have experience of working at weddings so they can give you ideas about what would work best in your day. Before booking a children’s entertainer, check their credentials and read their reviews. Make sure they have enough activities to keep the children entertained and think about what would work best for the kids who are attending.
Give the children cameras
Disposable cameras are relatively cheap and, better still, are child-proof. Children love taking photos, so why not give them some single-use cameras and let them loose on your guests. You will get some weird and wonderful photographs and get the chance to see your wedding from a whole new perspective! Don’t forget to collect the cameras before they go to bed, or ask their parents to mail them back to you after the wedding.