Post # 1
I am having a wedding with aroun 80-100 guests, and I’ve left it open to children.
I believe that a wedding should be more about celebrating with friends and family than something very formal (nothing wrong with a formal wedding, it’s just not me!) so I can’t exclude them… but now I’m 3 weeks out and I don’t know how to distract them!
I considere getting them little activity books, but I’m scared they will color the walls of the church!! I don’t know what to do with them during the ceremony, and I don’t have any children myself so that’s not much help! I don’t know if they will need entertainment at all, because I’m having about a 15 minute ceremony (FI is so painfully shy he is already panicking about being in front of those people!), so maybe they can be held down for that long.
But what about at the reception? It’s outdoors at a ranch, I don’t know what to do with them. Bored kids whine, and whiney kids frustrate parents, and frustrated parents have no fun, and in turn may become whiney, lol.
Anyone have any suggestions??
Post # 3
Bouncy castle. But that is my answer to everything….
What about easy kids games? Like uno or something like that?
Post # 4
One word, crayons.
We’ll be giving the kiddos these, plus with bubbles? Yeah, I’m not too worried about them. Heck, I’ll probably color! I hiiiighly doubt they’ll color on walls of the church. I’m pretty sure that at least everyone will be able to control where the kids are putting their crayons or markers.
I love the idea of a bouncy castle, but I would be WAYYY too tempted. Tehee
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I wouldn’t be worried about them coloring on the walls of the church… their parents and everyone else would be horrified at that. How old are the kids? You could have activity/coloring books at the reception, or kids board games.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
I’m also having a fair amount of children, and I’m making activity packs for them.
We are making a wedding coloring book, with crayons. And then giving them disposable cameras (with their name on it) with an “I Spy” List.
At the end of the night, they give me back their cameras, and the kid who gets pics of the most things on the list gets (mailed to them) a little present from us. (Not sure what the present will be yet!)
Most of our kids are in the 5-10 year age group, so we thought this little game would keep them occupied for a while.
Post # 7
@HelleCat: I’m not going to lie, I thought about it, and I’d probably hop in there and bounce too, honestly. Photo op!! I guess my only fear is if someone breaks their arm, I don’t wanna hear about it.
@PacificMrs: I have that pdf! I just couldn’t figure out how to print it out! I might have another go at it though, because it seems like a good idea. I saw some little buckets at Target for $1.00 each, I might make them up. I’m worried I won’t make enough and someone will be left out, because I don’t wanna make too many an have fifty extra buckets laying around haha. These are a real contender!
I think i might put out some playing cards on the tables because, well, we don’t drink and are having a dry wedding, so for the lull between ceremony an reception people will have only lemonade, milk, an cookies to distract them! I know they will be mingling, but in my head I keep seeing everyone just standing around like they don’t know anyone, even though everyone knows everyone (small town). Adults can play cards, uno is a great idea too! I’m trying to be cost conscious, because I’m ringing in right at budget atm, lol. All the little details are starting to make me go ‘omg, what about this… what about that?’