Whether you are a guest, or the host, having kids at a wedding can be stressful. Finding the balance between keeping the kids happy, and turning the wedding into a Kinderfest can be tricky. We’ve all been to weddings where the tender vows of the bride and groom haven’t been heard by the guests because of a bawling baby! And I am guessing a few of you have attended a wedding with young children, chasing after them all day, having no fun, no wine and a pretty miserable time. Here are my top tips on keeping everyone happy.
1. Hire an Entertainer / Set up a Creche
Some venues have a room close to the main function suite that can be used as a creche/playroom/activity room. You can then hire an entertainer , or if you or your friends have a childminder, ask if they would be willing to do this.
2. Hire a Bouncy Castle
You will need to have someone around to supervise (and to ensure that no drunk guests have a bounce later in the day!) but a Bouncy Castle is always a winner with kids. Only downside – we do live in Scotland, so if the weather is bad, then this will be a washout.
3. Origami Kit
For slightly older kids – an Origami Kit will keep them amused during the speeches, and they can delight their relatives by giving them an amazing
grubby crumpled bit of paper piece of art.
3. Hand Puppets
These will keep little ones busy – they can whisper stories and wave to each other. Probably best to keep them away from the bride, with their glue covered fingers!
4. Wedding Activity Bags or Boxes
What kid can resist a goodie bag? You can make these up yourself, or buy them ready made. Fill with a selection of activities – no felt tip pens though, for the sake of all the bonnie frocks!
1. I Spy Conversation Game
This one is better suited for after the meal, and is a great ice breaker for all the guests. Place a card, a disposable camera, and a pencil at each child’s setting, and see which kid can photograph all the items on the list first. You won’t need an incentive to get the kids playing, but a small prize for the winner is a good idea.
From Martha Stewart
While searching for pics for this article, I came across these images of a bride jumping into the water with her kids. That is one way of keeping the kids happy, I suppose!