Kids often occupy a good portion of a guest list for a wedding. Depending on the age of the children, this can cause many unexpected problems at a wedding. However, a bride and groom can be well prepared for children at their wedding. With a few adjustments, all the children will have a great experience and remember you wedding just as much as you will.
Most problems with children at a wedding happen during a ceremony. A baby in the seat crying or a ring bearer/flower girl that cannot stand still may cause problems that can interrupt the exchange of loving vows. Some brides choose just not to invite children to the ceremony part, but there is a much friendlier option. Hire a baby-sitter and find a ‘nursery area’. If you are getting married in a church this is easy to find. For a backyard wedding, the kids can simply use the house. The point is to get them away from the big crowd. My ring bearer and flower girl were only one year old so there were some accommodations I provided. Have your bridesmaid or maid of honor carry the child. Then right before the altar have them hand the child off to the baby-sitter. The baby-sitter then takes the child to the ‘play area’ where they are free to be kids without ruining your special day. This is a great job for teenagers looking to make some extra money. You can finish your vows knowing that your children are safe and not too far away from you.
If you choose to serve a dinner during your wedding reception this can cause some more problems with young children. However, you can take some notes from local restaurants. Provide the children with coloring papers and crayons. The picture can include the special day of love, and the wedding theme. Many free websites have color pages to print out. If you have a creative streak, you can make your own coloring book about your relationship. A playful hat can also be a good distraction, and a bag of toys at each table would keep the little ones entertained also.
During the reception, there are plenty of ideas to keep it kid friendly. Playing some songs that are easily recognized by the children is the easiest way. With the RSVP responses, you can ask each parent what is their child’s favorite song and include that in your play list. Just like all of the other special dances in a wedding, the children can have their own ‘children only’ dance. This will be a great chance to get the kids involved early. Having some more child entertainment may include face painting, balloons, and activity tables.
Inviting children to your wedding can be very unpredictable. However, there are many ways to make your wedding more kid friendly. Both adults and children will love these ideas.