Post # 1
Good morning! I’m having about 5 children aged 1-2 years at my wedding. So far the plan has been to do nothing differently and trust their parents to provide for their care and entertainment… But now I’m wondering if there is something I could do to make them feel taken care of as toddler wielding parents. I don’t have kids so am at somewhat of a loss. is there anything you did at your wedding for young children? Are you a parent of a toddler and have enjoyed at a wedding? What about inconveniences that were thoughtless but a pain in the butt? I’m just so not in tune to age appropriate games, etc. ideas… Suggestions welcomed!
Post # 2
I’m giving kids crayons and paper of color with before the reception. I’m guessing most parents will have something though.
Post # 3
Razzlejones: Somewhere quiet they can take the babies for a nap/feed?
Post # 4
You could hire a local babysitter/nanny to stake out a kids’ activity area where the kids can play and be supervised without having to rely on the parents to do it. With 5 kids you really would only need one babysitter so it’s not a massive expense and the parents would probably appreciate it.
Post # 5
We made activity books for the kids and will supply crayons. The ones at my wedding are a bit older (4 and 6) though so I’m not sure what a 1-2yo might do. I’m sure parents might bring some things as well.
Post # 6
With children so very young I would honestly expect their parents to entertain them. I’d certainly be reluctant to suggest a babysitter that’s uknown to the parents or the children at this age. It’s very considerate to provide a quiet area for feeding and naps though.
At the age in question, most toys end up in mouths so be cautious about paper and crayons. It wasn’t until my granddaughter was nearly 2 that she’d have made much use of drawing materials unless you wanted everything in sight drawn on! Usually there will be favourite toys that parents will bring along with them.
Post # 7
If my children were invited to the wedding, I would most likely not bring them. However, if I did- you can be sure I would bring appropriate toys and snacks to keep them entertained. I really don’t think it is something the bride and groom need to worry about.
Post # 8
Okay thanks! A place for feeding/naps is a great idea 🙂
Post # 9
The kids at our wedding just hung out with their parents and danced. It wasn’t a big deal.
Post # 10
Razzlejones: At 1-2, it is hard for any one other than the parents to predict what will entertain them. They are a bit too young for things that can get older children to be quiet, coloring being a large one. At that age, its 50-50 weather they will put the crayon to paper, or in their mouth.
I space for parents to go is a good idea, though. I know at least two where in the cry room at our church when durring our wedding.