Post # 1
Hi bees. My wedding is coming up in less than a month and we have gotten back almost all our RSVPs. Right now it looks like there will be about 8 kids under the age of 6. I was trying to figure out if I needed to go shopping for kid entertainment stuff? I really don’t know much about kids, but our ceremony is at 6pm and like 1-2 hours away for most people. We are having dinner and dancing outdoors under a pavilion on the river front. The reception will last until like 10:30-11pm, so I figured people wouldn’t want to bring kids, but they are planning to. It’s not really a kid friendly event…. I’m going to have an open bar and unedited music and there’s a cliff that drops off like 100 feet, lol. It kinda feels weird that I’ll be drinking and dancing with little kids around me… but I guess if the parents are ok with that then I am.
Post # 3
First off, your venue sounds amazing!
But no, I don’t think you need to crazy on activites for the kids. It’s their parent’s responsibility to watch them if they want them there so bad. As a bride, you shouldn’t be forced to enterain someone else’s kids on your wedding day!
An easy thing to do would be to get some coloring books, crayons, and candy to keep them busy during dinner and during dances and speeches. Kind of like what they do in restaurants!
Another thought—since it’s outside, you could get some bubbles for them too!
Post # 4
I totally agree with PP. We just had a color or activity book and crayons at the childrens place settings. Definitely kept them entertained when we needed them to behave during dinner and speeches. I wouldn’t worry about other activities, though. If the parents bring them, they should be responsible for keeping them out of trouble.
Post # 5
Someone suggested to me that I set up a play room. I dont think so! I definitly think its the parents responsibility to handle their own children and keep them entertained.
Post # 6
I made the kids at our reception some activity books, but I’m not even sure that they used them all that much – they were on the dance floor most of the night, having a blast. They were the life of the party!
Post # 7
I don’t think you really need to plan activities for them. There parents can work to keep them entertained. We are planning on having a kids table with some coloring books, games, etc. But I don’t think you need to go any further than that.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. I may see if any of the moms have yard games or something they can bring. We still have a few people with kids that haven’t RSVP’d so we’ll see! I just don’t want the kids or the parents to have a bad time if there’s something simple I can do to help!