Post # 1
I’ve read a lot of posts about people not inviting kids to their wedding. I can totally understand why, because they tend to get bored at formal events and if they are badly behaved they may start being disruptive. However, there is no way that I could exclude my little cousins from my wedding. All 14 of them are like my little brothers and sisters, and I know that all of them, from aged 2 to 18, would be very hurt if I did not invite them (not to mention their parents would be PISSED).
BUT I still think I found a great way to keep the little ones entertained during the reception! My venue has an enormous outdoor patio with a fountain on it. During the summer a lot of families bring their kids to play in the fountain, so I’ve decided to put notices in all the invites going out to families with kids telling them to bring their kids’ bathing suits and towels, so that during the reception kids can entertain themselves in the water 🙂 It’s the type of fountain that has jets shooting water at intermittent periods into the air–no pools or standing water that kids might fall in.
What are you doing to keep the little ones busy?
Post # 3
coloring books, inflateable bouncing house, board games.
Post # 4
@Oribel013690: Awesome, awesome idea! My FI and I are both teachers, so to ban kids will be like TABOO! Plus we love them 😉
Originally my venue had a private smaller room where I had planned to have a mini wedding themed party for the kiddies 10 and under. We were getting a couple movies, having games like musical chairs, put the veil on the bride blindfolded (doll not me), decorate your own wedding cakes (cupcakes) etc. Parents were being asked to bring sleeping bags to the reception for when they crash. Three of the first kids I have ever taught are in high school, and were organizing and supervising the entire thing while we, the adults party on in the ballroom!
We’ve since changed our venue…we’ll see!
Post # 5
ours is an evening reception, and while FI & i LOVE children, it’s not fun for anyone (including them!) once they get tired and cranky! so we are hiring a couple of camp councelors to watch kids in a room at the reception if their parents want. we’ll have a tv & movies, some crafts, a couple pack’n plays, and blankets/pillows so they can crash while their parents enjoy themselves. there is also a playground outside, so i guess if it’s still light they could go play out there too.
we will put washable crayons & some other little trinkets at their seats during dinner. we also bought those disposable sippy cups (in wedding colors of course, lol) to try to avoid big messes. we’re still thinking about doing their own buffet of kid foods, haven’t decided for sure yet. we have a place near us that does one for brunch, it’s super cute so i’m thinking of copying it! it’s short for them & they have like french fries, pb&j triangles w/ crusts off, veggie sticks, chix nuggets. seems silly to pay a lot for food they wont eat- i think it would be fun & probably save us some money!
Post # 6
We’re having coloring books for sure, there will also be a dance floor and I’m not sure besides that, maybe a couple cameras for the kids to pics, (my 3 year old LOVES taking pictures LOL).
I’ve seen these cute iSpy games on Martha Stewert weddings, but my kid guests are too young for that 🙂
Post # 7
A part of me really wants to do an adult only reception, but i teach a childrens class at my church and they are just such darlings, i feel badly to exclude them… i’m still undecided about this. I like the idea of having them in a separate room but my venue doesnt have any more rooms available.. I really dont know what to do about them and we have alot of kids at my church
Post # 8
Perhaps hire someone to take care of it – they can organise games and entertain them
Post # 9
A Daycare type room! With lots of movies (it has a projector screen) and I am thinking about an Ice Cream Bar!!! Oh and then I got White Paper on rolls, to cover the tables, lots of Crayons to color with and then their own dinner menu, Mac and Cheese, Grilled Cheeses, Or Corn Dogs. Alot of the people coming to the wedding are older with kids and we wanted to make it a family vacation, as it is a destanation wedding.
Post # 10
Our reception venue is an old Georgian-style building with extensive grounds for the older children to explore. We are packing a cricket set and footballs and basketballs for them to play with on the lawn out the front. In a sheltered part of the cloisters we will have tables for the children – books, toys, board games, colouring books and packs with paperdoll activities and a huge amount of craft supplies should keep most of the little girls and boys happy. I also have a dressup chest of clothing and costume jewellry and a long mirror. I am a teacher, so I have been hoarding supplies away for most of the year. (all bought with my own money, but I admit to totally going overboard on the colour photocopiers at school 🙂
Party food and drinks will be set out for them. Plenty of handy-wipes too 🙂 A room has been reserved for those that might need a nap and for nursing mothers if they wish for privacy. 2 young teachers will be helping keep order. An icecream van will be making a surprise visit toward the end of the reception. I think the little monkeys should be fine.
Post # 11
The only kids that we are including are my cousins (6, 13 & 14) and his 5 cousins (10-14). Since most of then are older and the 6 year old acts like he’s 30, they don’t really need much to entertain them. They will have their own table and instead of a normal centerpiece like all of the other tables, we’ll setup a mini candy buffet. We’re going to stick a basket with a few board games under their table and we’re going to bring our xbox 360 and Kinect to set up in our cocktail hour space (the room is connected to the ballroom through French doors that can be closed if need be) after everyones done with the photobooth. Our DIY photobooth uses our 37″ LCD tv so we’ll hook the console up to that and let them go at it. I have a feeling some adults will be visiting that too!
Post # 12
I couldn’t afford kids, so I decided to go on without the children in the wedding party… At least no kids under 12.
But if I did bring children the venue offered an additional room where they can go and watch Disney movies and do whatever activities we brought for them to do
Post # 13
We are lucky enough to be renting a house for our event, and all the kids are from parents who are staying in the house. We will be putting out some activity books and little toys to keep the kids occupied during dinner, but for the most part I think the kids are going to want to dance and hang out with everyone for the “party”. We do have some teenagers who at a certain time, maybe 8:30 or so, will take the kids downstairs to the movie theater room and put on some movies and they can play downstairs until they crash.
Post # 14
@blossom_bee: An ice cream van is a genius idea! I’ve actually thought of having one out on the patio during the cocktail hour. Since most of the adults will be sipping alcoholic drinks and chatting, it might be nice for the kids (and probably some adults too) to get some ice cream. But I also don’t want to spoil anyone’s dinner, and some parents may not want their kids eating ice cream before they eat dinner. Maybe I’ll copy you and have one arrive after dinner 🙂
These are all great ideas! I’m already providing bubbles as kid favors, but after reading this I’m thinking I might get some activity books and crayons for some of the younger kids.
Post # 15
That sounds like SUCH a rad idea.
Now I want a fountain! haha.
For kid specific entertainment we will probably have a kids table/centre with board games (like jenga or kerplunk, what little kid doesn’t like things crashing down?), there will also be colouring, and depending on the final count maybe a few age specific activities/games or toys.
We are also having an outdoor reception (weather permitting), so we will have lawn games (croquet, bocce, that bean bag game where you try and toss them into holes for points).
And of course there will be the whole dessert table to distract them.
Some really great ideas here!
Post # 16
We had 2 kids tables and had coloring books, crayons, pipe cleaners so they could make stuff and little games that I picked up at Michael’s in the dollar section. We also had a photo booth which they loved!