9 budget ways to entertain kids at weddings


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Finding the best ways to entertain children at a wedding can be tricky, but fear not! Kirstin Halstead shares 9 simple and easy ways to entertain  kids at weddings.   “Remember, children bring fun, laughter and adorable moments to a wedding. Don’t freak out too much about inviting your friends’ and family’s young ones. However, my advice is to keep children to a manageable number. Be prepared, have fun organising children’s entertainment and enjoy the day
Ideas to entertain kids

9 simple and easy ways to entertain kids at weddings.

Fidgeting – Children have a short attention span and can easily become bored and restless.  During the wedding ceremony and speeches in particular it is a good idea to have a quiet room available. If you don’t have that option then prepare a personalised activity bag full of quiet fun to occupy them.

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Activity Goody Bag – 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.

Simple and easy ways to entertain kids at weddings

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. Include giant jenga, hula hoops, giant Connect 4, lawn bowling, Twister or maybe even a bouncy castle or carnival style games.

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How to entertain kids at weddings

Create a Quiet Space

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.

Budget kids entertainment ideas

Entertainment for the kids can be put together on a budget.  Think outside the box, create your own entertainment areas with borrowed games.  Download free printable activity books and create your own goody bags. Even collect a few fun props from home and you can create your own Photobooth area, hats, sunglasses, swimming goggles, cuddly toys etc. will all add to the fun. 

Children’s Table – Having a children’s table for the wedding breakfast has pros and cons. Cons – 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.

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Children having fun at a wedding

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Hire Kids Entertainment

Entertainment – This is one of the fun parts, booking the children’s entertainment. There are so many options, consider a magician, clown or a balloon artist, even a mini zoo could be fun? Check with your venue first.”

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!

Facepainting is always a great attraction and it gives off a festival vibe that both adults and children will enjoy.

Facepainting at weddings

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If children are featuring in your bridal party these handy wedding tips will help avoid it being a major stress point. 


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How to entertain kids at weddings

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