Although some couples opt for adult-only weddings, we think that some of the most fun weddings include children! Whether you want to ensure your nieces or nephews are there for your special day, or just want to include all of the children that are an important part of your life, here are a few of our favorite pointers for planning a kid-friendly wedding that both the children and the parents will enjoy.
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One way to ensure the children in your life enjoy your big day is to give them a role in your wedding ceremony or reception. According to BridalGuide, this not only provides an adorable touch but also encourages them to be on their best behavior as it gives them a sense of importance and responsibility. Even if you aren’t having traditional ring bearers or flower girls, there are tons of fun ways you can include your nieces, nephews, and friend’s children in your nuptials. Some fun (and super cute) ideas include letting them be ushers, allowing them to have a kids-only dance to entertain the adults, or allowing them to help with wedding decor preparation.
Another important pointer for planning a kid-friendly wedding is to hire a child care professional to help out during the reception. This will keep the kids entertained and will also allow parents to fully enjoy the event without worrying about keeping a close eye on their kids. Feel like splurging? You may also want to consider hiring an entertainer to keep the kids from getting bored. This could include a magician, storyteller, or caricature artist. Who knows, the adults might just end up being entertained too!
Instead of expecting kids to sit with the grownups during the reception, you may want to set up an exciting kids-only table for your younger guests. This will keep them from getting bored and will ensure they have a great time at your wedding. Some of our favorite ideas include setting the table with interactive wedding placemats that include games and coloring options, incorporating a centerpiece that they can play with (like a bowl of legos!), and putting down butcher paper in lieu of a fancy table cloth so that the kids can color and draw to their heart’s content.
Depending on your budget, you may want to ask your caterers or venue if they have a kid’s menu option that you can incorporate into your reception since kids are known for being picky eaters. Not in the budget? Not a problem! We love the idea of setting up a playful “open bar” of kid’s snack options, to make sure there is something for even the pickiest eater to enjoy. This is a fun and affordable option and will keep kids from getting grumpy if they cannot find something that they want to eat.
Another pointer for planning a kid-friendly wedding is to plan a fun wedding send off that children can participate in. This could include giving them bubbles to blow, glow sticks to wave, or, even better, wedding sparklers to light!