Simple and Easy ways to entertain kids at weddings
Finding ways to entertain children at your wedding can be tricky, but fear not! Kirstin Halstead shares her top tips to keep children happy and entertained on your big day.
“Remember, children bring fun, laughter and adorable moments to a wedding so don’t freak out too much about inviting your friends’ and family’s young ones. The only thing I would say is: don’t go crazy with the invites – keep children to a manageable number. Be prepared, have fun organising children’s entertainment and enjoy the day together.
Fidgeting – Children have a short attention span and can easily become bored and restless, especially during the wedding ceremony and speeches, so it is a good idea to have a quiet room for these moments. If you don’t have that option then prepare a personalised activity bag full of quiet fun to occupy them.
Activity Goody Bag – Speak with the parents and ensure you include age-appropriate goodies to keep children occupied throughout the day. Include crayons and colouring books, create a supervised scavenger hunt map, disposable camera, puzzle books, healthy snacks (check dietary requirements with parents first), toys and glow sticks.
Include Me – Some children want to be involved and feel an important part of the day so ask them to hand out favours and confetti to your guests.
Garden Games – If your reception venue has a garden or a safe outdoor area then plan for some outdoor games during the drinks reception. Include giant jenga, hula hoops, giant Connect 4, lawn bowling, Twister or maybe even a bouncy castle or carnival style games.
Quiet Movie Room – Supervised by either a hired creche/professional minder service or a willing group of parents, quiet rooms are just what children need for those parts of the day when boredom kicks in and they become tired from all the excitement. Ask your venue to provide a TV and DVD player so you can offer a selection of films for them to watch. Make sure the room has lots of soft furnishings and comfy chairs. You also want to include a table full of board games, colouring books and crayons.
The Food – Create a special children’s menu with your caterer to include items such as pizzas, mac and cheese, mini burgers and salad. Serve treats like milkshakes and cookies for the toasts. Ensure you discuss with parents all dietary requirements in advance.
Children’s Table – Having a children’s table for the wedding breakfast has pros and cons. Cons being that parents won’t be sat with their children but you can have them seated at tables close by and the children will enjoy sitting together for dinner. Include ‘colouring-book-style’ placemats and crayons for the table so the children can colour in while they await the food.
Book A Photo Booth – Photo booths are one of the best ways to keep children and even the adults entertained. What is more fun than dressing up in silly hats and posing with your friends!
Entertainment – This is one of the fun parts, booking the children’s entertainment. There are so many options, whether it be a magician, clown or a balloon artist, even a mini zoo could be fun? Check with your venue first.”
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