(Closed) For those WITH kid friendly weddings

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Im not planning anything that is really kid friendly, and it will say “no kids allowed” on my cards, but family is family and I have A LOT of youngin cousins and nothing brings me more joy than seeing the kids tear up the dance floor. Keep the music going!

Post # 4
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I ordered random craft kits from oriental trading.com. So far I have sticker scenes, fans, activity sheets, foam face masks, and other little things that will be put into paper bags at each child’s seat. I’ll probably throw in some snacks too. 🙂

Post # 5
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1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Our reception is semi-outdoor, so on the lawn with bocce ball and horseshoes I’m having corn hole and bubbles for the little ones 🙂 I’m going to brig some coloring books for dinnertime, too.

Post # 6
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581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We have coloring books for the younger ones and a butcher papers table cloth on a seperate kids table that we set up for after they eat dinner with their parents.  We have a few simlple board games like Sorry, cards, and checkers for the older kids.

 

Post # 7
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3244 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We had a kids corner and my sister took care of stocking it since she has kids. There were kids books, coloring books, crayons, stickers, play-doh and a few board games. It was apparently a hit during cocktail hour, but the photographer only captured 2 photos of the kids during that time. We had our ceremony at a venue that had a lot of outdoor space, so the venue had horseshoes, some soccer balls, a tractor and animals (goats, llamas, mini horses)–so there was a lot there to help kids be entertained too.

Post # 8
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333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@gingerlylove:  I don’t know why board games never popped into my head. I’m trying to see if the church will allow for activities outside so I will be getting hula hoops, kick balls that type of thing and maybe set up a scavenger hunt. I’m also doing coloring/activity books. I even thought of setting up movie and popcorn since there are seperate rooms where I’ll be. I know some people do pinatas now for weddings if it seems fit for the type of wedding your having (e.g., outdoor). I was thinking about doing that since my FI’s SIL makes them but I’m not sure if that would look super cliche or tacky since we’re Mexican, haha. Some people think it doesn’t belong at wedding but I gotta think of a lot since we’ll have like over 30 kids there.

Post # 9
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1024 posts
Bumble bee

Our kids activity books and bubbles *especially* kept kids pretty busy – they also ran around a lot and had so much fun with our photobooth – if you can afford one, I highly recommend it! It was such a hit with the guests.
But you may be just fine with the things you’ve thoughtfully prepared already 🙂

Post # 10
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486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m DIY-ing an activity book and I plan on setting out games for them (checkers, jenga, go fish, old maid, etc.) to play. My venue has ‘stalls’, like for horses, and they are pretty big so I’m setting up a ‘kids area’ in one of them. I am also letting one of the older kids be director of fun haha. The venue property is huge and I don’t want any of the little ones running off. 

Post # 11
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4328 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I didn’t exclude children from attending, but I didn’t make my reception all about their comfort either. I did however have a babysitter on hand if parents wanted to off-load for a while. Baby sitter had fun toys and movies, if I’m not mistaken. She was located in a hotel room on site away from the reception room.

Post # 14
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1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m buying a bunch of beach toys (pails, shovels, etc) for kids to play with. Ceremony and reception on the beach so I doubt I’ll have to worry about any children getting bored and restless.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m gonna be having heaps of kids at the wedding, so this is something I’ve been thinking about heaps! I’m with all the people suggesting puzzles, colouring, board games, etc. It really depends on the ages of the kids – obviously older ones aren’t going to be as excited by Thomas the Tank Engine, but I’m thinking just buying some basic craft kitps (e.g. books with colour-in face masks, cards they can make, etc.) might be a little better for the slightly older ones.

Also, if the wedding is outdoors, then you’ve got no problems entertaining them – just set up some ball games, etc. and they can go nuts! I think it’s more fun organising the kids than it is the actual wedding!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Why are the children not being invited up to take part in the dancing? Kids can use colouring books any day of the week! 

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