Useful or Wasteful?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is it worth setting up extra stuff for kids to do at weddings?
    yes : (13 votes)
    34 %
    no : (21 votes)
    55 %
    other- please explain :-) : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 2
    8678 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    It’s a neat idea, but I don’t think it’s necessary at all. The kids are old enough to sit quietly and not make a fuss.<br /><br />As a girl… I’d want a lego set over a stuffy ol’ jewelery making kit.

    Post # 3
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think it’s a cute idea, you could also get fun loop sets for each child’s setting.., the young ones at my work LOVE those things, even the boys!

    Post # 4
    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Can’t you give legos to all of the kids? Why do the girls get stuck with jewelry kits when the boys get legos? 

    Post # 5
    3677 posts
    Sugar bee

    Yes – Legos are a perfectly gender-neutral toy!

    Post # 6
    42157 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The girls I know would prefer lego over jewelry making.

    I also would not do cupcake or cookie frosting. Can you say “messy”?

    Post # 8
    1737 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

    SparkleBee11:  I think it is a great idea to keep them entertained! And I dont agree that the girls would enjoy Legos over jewelry making. My 10 and 8 year olds would LOVE the jewelry making. However, my 2 year old nephew would probably like the jewelry, especially if his Hammah and Ewwa were doing it too, it would depend on what it is. So you may want to either go for something completely gender neutral, like coloring, or have enough to give them all options.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  MrsUPS.
    Post # 9
    123 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL & Cheney Mansion, Oak Park, IL

    I love the idea of something small & cute for the kids, but both of these ideas have small pieces. Especially with the younger kids, I wouldn’t want them to spill it and people to be stepping on legos or beads. I know my nephew would rather play with an ipad than legos though, so I don’t know how much success you’ll have in luring them away from electronics!

    Post # 11
    7052 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Both my girls, and I, would prefer the jewelry making. I can’t remember when I lost interest in lego, but for my girls it was around age 6 or so. Also lego is pretty costly.

    Another idea is an activity / questionaire sheet, perhaps wedding related. (Perhaps even with questions about the bride and groom which they need to ask someone to find out).

    That said, it’s not your responsibility to entertain the children. There’s a good chance either their parents will bring something, or they’re used to going out to a meal and socialising, especially if they know a few other guests.

    p.s. By unplugged wedding, I hope you don’t also mean totally unplugged reception, because IMO guests should have an opportunity to take photos at the reception.

    Post # 12
    42157 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    SparkleBee11:  You could by them books chosen for their individual interests.

    Post # 13
    1737 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

    SparkleBee11:  I was going to do something simple like coloring, but these kids arent easily entertained.


    I completely understand. The only reason my girls would be occupied with coloring is because they are artistic. Maybe have a game table so they can play uno, crazy 8’s, monopoly, something. I know you want the unplugged wedding but we will be setting up the xBox with like Dance Dance Revolution (or whatever the kids are playing these days) at our reception for the children. If you had a seperate room it might work better. I don’t know, just something to consider. 

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    Post # 14
    1466 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Hard to please the kids these days! I think it’s a really nice gesture of you but it’s also not completely necessary. Also, I think kids will have fun at your wedding- they’ll probably enjoy the dancing/music/food and hang out with their parents or each other. You don’t have to provide something, but it’s also a really nice thing to do if you have the time and energy.

    I realize you have decided to have an unplugged wedding. I wonder if people will think that it’s just about taking pictures and that it’s fine for their kids to have electronics (I am not sure how you are sharing the message of the unplugged wedding- may want to be specific about what is permitted and what is not) 

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