Post # 1
I have two childern of my own 4 and 6. My 6yr boy suffers from ASD. In total I have 10 childern coming to the wedding. Youngest will be 3 and the eldest 10 but most of then will be either 5 or 7. I am looking for good ideas to keep them entertained and involoved in the wedding. So far I have an entertainer coming who facepaints after his act. A tent is going to be set up full of cushions and blankets so as when they get tired they have some where to go. I am also going to do party bags or have a gift for them when we do the speeches. The girls can come as princess’s and the boys what ever they want. I would be so greatful for any other ideas please. The way I look at it I am so greatful for my childern its there day too.
Post # 3
We had nine kids at our wedding. The reception was at a carousel, so they already had built-in entertainment. On top of that, we had a special menu (mac and cheese, grilled hot dogs and juice boxes) for kids who didn’t want to eat the adult wedding food. We had a separate kids’ table with a pinwheel, lollipop and chinese yo-yo centerpiece instead of flowers. Kids were not forced to stay at that table; most drifted back and forth between their parents’ table and the kids’ table.
The best thing we did was to make a favor bag for each child with small age-appropriate toys, stickers, books, crayons, candy, etc. I got most of this stuff at Pier One, the dollar store and Old Navy (don’t know what the English equivalents would be). The gift bags were exciting to the kids and made them feel special and wanted.
For many of them, ours was the first wedding they were allowed to attend, so they were curious and very respectful — definitely on good behavior. They were delightful and I was 110% glad to have included them. (Ours was an evening wedding — 6-11 p.m. — and we got raised eyebrows when we said we wanted kids there.)
It sounds like you’ve already put a lot of thought into making your wedding comfortable and enjoyable for the children, so I predict it’ll go very well for you.
Post # 4
If it’s outside, I’d suggest other toys, too. Maybe foam swords and wands, bubbles (ALL kids like bubbles, lol), and things like that. Foam or inflatable swords aren’t harmful (much, lol) and both girls and boys could play with them.
Balloons would be another idea, and not the helium-filled ones. just blow a whole slew of ’em up and let the kids play. (I do that with my own two and my nephews often, they LOVE it. my son is 7, daughter is 4, and have a nephew who is 6 another who will be 4 in december.)
LOVE the idea of the grab-bags! We’re going to be giving out dice in little drawstring pouches and will have foam swords for the kids (and adults, lol). We’ll probably also have balls the kids can play with, also, since it’s outside and is more “fun” than “formal”. (there’s even a volleyball net! weee!)