How will you keep them busy, so they don’t get into trouble?
Keeping children entertained is key to avoiding any unwanted disruptions during the wedding ceremony or dinner. Children’s activity books are a great way to keep children entertained. Activity books are easy to hand out to parents (in addition to the wedding program). You could also place them at the dinner table instead of a name card. Set up a kids table with an assortment of crayons, activity books, paper, toys and other things children can easily access during the reception.
Consider your venue when having a child-friendly wedding. One easy thing to look for is a playground — by far the most accessible and most affordable way to keep kids entertained. Some venues also offer a smaller side room you can designate for children’s activities. Having a designated child area is a great way to ensure the kids stay out of trouble and the parents get to have fun also.
If you are going to have a designated child area, think about hiring a wedding day babysitter. This is a great way to make sure the kids are taken care of and stay safe. Make sure the babysitter you choose is vetted and trusted, or consider recruiting family members who are willing to help out.
What will you feed them?
As you know, children can be very picky eaters. If you are going to have children at your wedding, it’s essential to have child-friendly dinner options. Be sure to check with the caterers to see if they offer a children’s menu (most do). If you’re having a buffet-style dinner, also make sure child-friendly options are available. Let’s face it…no one wants to dish out the big bucks for steak and veggies when kids will turn their little noses up at it.
Having children at your wedding is a lovely way the entire family can have a good time and create memories that will be treasured for years. Keep in mind kids will be kids, and being flexible will help everything go smoothly on your special day.