Sorry, kids — entertain yourselves!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Children will likely be running around the dance floor/venue. Most will not sit in a chair quietly all night. I’m fine with the kids running around but will probably have coloring books as well. 

Post # 4
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1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

We had a lot of kids at our wedding and did not do anything special. However, we had a night wedding so there was a lot of dancing and action going on. If you are planning on having a morning reception, you might want to consider just a small coloring book or something since it probably will be more laidback than an evening reception. If not, I don’t think it’s a big deal either, though.

Post # 5
Hostess
9892 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@aekc:  many parents do come prepared, but I would probably provide inexpensive colouring books and crayons for them at least.  Especially if you’re going to expect them to sit down and be quiet for a couple of hours.

Post # 6
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845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@aekc:  Most families are pretty good at entertaining themselves. If the kid guests are family, they’ll visit with other relatives/grandparents. Most kids love cake (or any other dessert) and dancing, so if you’ve got those two things, I think that’s good enough for entertainment. You are right though, I don’t think any parent would bring a kid to a wedding expecting that the bride and groom are providing special kids-only activities. I think kids-only acitivities/babysitting on-site are only helpful if you want to be sure parents stay as long as possible. Otherwise, I think most parents tend to head home early from weddings to accommodate bedtime.

Post # 8
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@aekc:  All the kids at our wedding played together! They ran around the dance floor, spun in circles… It was SO cute!

Post # 10
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655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BrandNewBride:  The few kids that were at our wedding did the same!  They were besties the whole night, super cute.

 

@aekc:  We just provided some colouring books, crayons, and some glow sticks.  This all came from the dollar store, so it was pretty cheap.  The kids used them, but also just played amongst themselves.  I would consider providing the stuff that we did, simply because it didn’t cost a lot and if it doesn’t get used, you can just let them keep it afterwards anyway.

Post # 11
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9528 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had an outdoor wedding and reception and we had tons of kids. They most just ran around and danced and had fun. We were supposed to have some lawn games, but the only ones that made it were horseshoes (which the older kids played) and some ball toss things (which the younger kids played with). I thought about doing coloring books but just never got around to it. I think they were mostly happier just running around. But we had an informal reception so it wasn’t a problem having them run around and dance all night. It was, in fact, awesome!

Post # 12
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had 4 kids (toddlers) at the wedding and didn’t provide anything for them to do. They were fine and were gone pretty early anyway.

Post # 13
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116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i’ve purchased some wooden handheld masks (we were originally planning  a photobooth!) that are able to be painted with blacboard paint, and then coloured in with chalk. i was throwing that idea around… not sure if we’ll do it or not, or just provide some colouring books and crayons.

Post # 15
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7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

You may as well at least give them a little activity book, or a blackboard and some chalk, or something. They’re cheap and hassle free to buy or make, and they’re a nice touch.

Post # 16
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1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had probably a dozen or so children under the age of 13. Most of the young young ones spent all of their night jumping around out on the dance floor, and are some of the best pictures from the reception! And a lot of them left earlier when they got sleepy.

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