Wednesday, June 3, 2015

How to Include Children At Your Wedding

If you are having kids at your wedding but a little anxious about how they will behave, here are our top five tips:

1) Allow Parents to Step Out of Your Ceremony
This is really the best scenario for everyone. It is not fair to ask kids to sit through a long (or short) wedding ceremony when they don't really understand what is going on. It is also hard to say your vows over the sounds of crying children. Discretely tell your guests that it is ok if they need to step out of your wedding ceremony with their children for whatever reason. This also helps anxious new parents too!

2) Have a Break Room / Time Out Room
This can apply to the wedding ceremony or reception. Weddings are long and when you are a child, it may feel even longer. The longer they have to sit in one spot, the more they want to move and stretch out. They easily become restless, hungry and overtired which can lead to tantrums, tears and frazzled parents.

Ask your venue if there is a room available for parent's to use during your wedding. This room can be a quiet room or an activity room. You can even ask your venue for a TV and DVD player to pop in a movie to entertain children that need a break from everyone. If your budget allows, hire a babysitter for that room too. Parents can have a little break to enjoy your wedding then!

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3) Have Child Friendly Snacks/Appetizers/Meals
Children aren't going to necessarily enjoy the fancy five course meal you have planned for your guests. Provide them a kid friendly menu and you can ensure they will eat quietly and happily!

4) Have Activity Kits for Kids
Provide small activity kits for kids to do at the table. These can be puzzles or coloring books or small novels. Make sure you have kits appropriate to the kid's ages. Do this part right and they can be entertained for hours...or minutes.

5) Give Parents Some Credit
It is "their" kids afterall. If a parent is invited to a wedding, they will usually make efforts to entertain their kids at the wedding with snacks, favorite books and toys. Don't feel you have to do a lot to keep the kids at your wedding happy. You have to enjoy your wedding. Don't stress if you don't need to.

Do you have any other tips to keep kids entertained at weddings? If so, please leave us a comment!

~Monica Hui
Owner, Lead Planner and Designer
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