If you and your fiancé do not have children, the decision whether or not to have kids attend your wedding can be a delicate one. It’s best to be clear on the save-the-dates or actual invites if children are invited or not. Addressing the envelope to the whole family, for example, The Smith Family, versus addressing it to Mr. and Mrs. Smith helps clear up some confusion and is the most polite and subtle way to approach the issue. Since today’s blog is about those who do wish for kids to take part in the festivities I will leave out the best ways to say “No Children Please” and continue on to how to make kids a sweet and fun addition to your celebration!
If you don’t want restless children at your event you will need to provide some entertainment options for them. Here are 3 helpful trends I have been seeing:
Unfortunately, during the time the children are expected to sit still and be quiet is when they seem to experience the most restlessness. Ask your caterer to make the kid’s small individual bags of popcorn, or something similar, to keep them occupied during this time.
- Kid’s Meal Options
Don’t be afraid to ask your caterer for kid’s meals. Young children don’t typically like the adult food served at receptions and a group of cranky, hungry little ones is the opposite of what you want. Most caterers are happy to provide a kid’s buffet or boxed meal option, this can even save you a couple bucks!
- The Tot’s Table
If the children are old enough to be at their own table (think kindergarten and up), a Kids Only Table is the best way to keep them entertained throughout dinner and can be really fun. Don’t shy away from asking one of your closest mommy or daddy friends to help you get creative with this and even help you decorate it on the big day. Close friends, for the most part, like to be involved in the wedding planning in some shape or form so now is your chance to make them feel included, it’s a win-win!
Some ideas for the kids table include bubbles, glow sticks, crayons, coloring books, and play dough. The Crayola website, along with quite of few other free websites, provides downloadable coloring printables. I have even seen wedding themed coloring printables at receptions before. Don’t forget snacks and possibly juice boxes. Centerpieces should be interactive, so swap that floral arrangement for pinwheels for example. Stay away from glitter, paint, or confetti to avoid any venue restrictions and possible clean up fees if it gets all over. Also, be sure to put signage on the kid’s area so parents can easily find it.
In the end, parents will also bring the items needed to help entertain their children so don’t feel too much pressure. However, providing a few kid-friendly options definitely doesn’t hurt. If all else fails, hire a babysitter to watch the children in the Kids Only Space at your wedding. This is an especially good option if your venue has a space that can be used as a kid’s lounge. I hope these kid-friendly wedding ideas come in handy, happy wedding planning!