What will the kids be doing at your wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@prahajess:  Hire some babysitters!  That’s what I’m planning.  That way the kids will be kept in line and the parents can enjoy themselves.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

To be honest, planning something for a large group of children never works as well as you think.  They are going to want to run down and see mom and dad, and then run back across the dance floor, and then run under the head table durring the speeches (yes, saw this, the mom was desperatly trying to get him out but had to give up so she wouldn’t cause the distraction) 

If you would do anything, I suggest having a baby sister of some sort, even if it just and older cousin who you could give $50 to to be on guard duty.  The outdoor area is going to interst them more than any movie would.  FI’s nephew is 4 and will not sit still for a movie yet, but a playground with other kids will interest him for hours.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Kids will be going to be babysat after the ceremony. We are not having the little ones at the reception.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@prahajess:  Maybe a card or a coloring book at their place at the table?  That way they can have a “quiet” activity to do that seems productive to the ones who are not into climbing/jumping ect?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I plan on putting a special toy at each of my nephew’s place settings as a surprise. They might end up being the only kids, I’m not sure yet.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

a wedding i recently attended had cheap disposable cameras for the kids and an ‘eye spy’ list – tuxedo, wedding cake, flowers, whatever and the kids had to take a picture of each one. 

 

although – now that i think about it that might create an army of annoying miniature paparazzis! 

 

they also had little goody bags for each child at the kids table with a (few!) candy items, some cool pencils and erasers, and kraft paper placements with markers, crayons and stickers for the kids to doodle on. 

 

i will definitely be hiring babysitters, having a kids table in a corner (seating the parents close) and then after dinner having the babysitters take them to a separate area. actually, our probably venue has a pool away from where the tent would be, and i half want to hire some lifeguards and let the kids have a pool party 🙂 although that could get LOUD!

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@prahajess:  Cry rooms are usually found at churches, and are rooms tucked off to the side w/ a tv or glass window and speakers so that you can still see/hear the service yet remove your kids if they are being disruptive. This is usually something seen at bigger churches.

I’m a wedding photographer, so my opinion might be biased because I attend 30+ weddings a year and see ALL kinds of things. 😉 I’m more perceptive than the average guest, because it’s my job to be noticing things while usually guests are just enjoying themsevles. 

MOST of the time, kids are running around. Honestly, kids areas and activities always seem to be a huge waste of money. The kids never use them. You could maybe do a small table with coloring sheet/crayons, but if the kids use it more than 5 minutes I’d be surprised.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We didn’t have a formal ceremony in a church – we had a cocktail hour, short ceremony, and reception all in a restaurant. The cocktail hour and ceremony took place in the back room, and when everyone moved to the front of the restaurant for the reception, we turned the back room into the kids’ area.

It wasn’t enforced, but we had three sitters available, and I got a bunch of coloring books and simple craft stuff from the Dollar Store. There was a tv tuned to Nickelodeon, too.

I was super-happy with how it worked out, and guests said it worked well for them. The kids could still come find their parents, but they could go back and run and color and play with the other littles. We went back and visited several times and most of the kids were back there, showing me what they’d colored.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Kids at ours will be dancing, trick or treating, or playing with their electronics (seriously, all my little cousins have DSes or ipads glued to them). Our wedding will be on Halloween and we’ll have different candy at each table where they and the adults can trick or treat at.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The kids at my wedding attended the ceremony and reception just like everyone else. There were no special activies, no separate room for them, no differences made between them and everyone else. They danced and had a blast just like the rest of our guests.

 

No one spilled drinks, no one knocked over the cake, no one caused any disasters. In fact, everyone got a kick out of my two youngest nephews “fighting over” who got to dance with my flower girl. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Well, we are planning on having a table for the kids, with crayons, coloring books/scratch paper, stickers, etc.  We aren’t having many, less than 10, so it shouldn’t be hard!  I also live five minutes away from Crayola, and their store is so much cheaper for items than a regular store.  We may also have a TV and DVD player set up so the kids can watch movies, or some games for them.  Of course, they are also welcome to come out and dance with us!

 

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