Post # 1
My fiance and I are allowing children at our wedding reception. We’ve also hired nannies for our home for parents who want to attend child free. 95% of the children invited are family anyway.
The children are sitting with their parents. As a parent, if I had a little canvas bag with a coloring book and crayons and a slinky and some stickers, would you think this was thoughtful or more crap to deal with? My mom thinks its a cute idea that would cost practically nothing (thanks Dollar Tree!!) but my fiance thinks I’m taking on too many projects. We’re also not doing favors and he thinks these would favors for the kids.
Leaving it in the hands of the Hive!
Post # 3
I heard of other brides doing this and it really worked!
Gave the kiddos stuff to do and made them feel part of the whole deal too.
I say go for it =)
Post # 5
I would have a cut off age though….
be kinda weird to get one as a teen. lol
Post # 6
I think it’s a good idea but not necessary! I could imagine weddings being really boring for them so giving them something to do would be great!
Post # 7
The bags would be great to entertain the children. If I ever took my children somewhere, I always took some things to entertain them quietly , but I know that is not always the case.
If you ever travel on planes or ferries you see many bored children whose parents haven’t thought to bring them anything to pass the time.
Post # 8
I think it’s a great idea – but don’t do the age cutoff. I’m not a kid, but I’d still be all over one of those if I was in the right mood. 😉
Post # 9
I think this is so cute and really thoughtful of you! As a guest I would think it was a nice gesture for you to care enough about the kids and their parents to want to have an activity bag and nanny available for them 🙂
Post # 10
@runsyellowlites: Good looking out! I figured 9 would be a good cut-off. Kids can start getting funny when they hit “double digits” about being treated like one of the little ones.
You girls are awesome! ….not to mention are quicker than my local rescue squad! haha
Post # 11
@deliciousappleblue: Now that you mention it, I have this mental picture of my brothers coloring at my reception! (they range from 28 – 47)
Post # 12
@Ms.Shamrock: Definitely! Especially once they start drinking. Good times!
Post # 13
I second that you do it – here’s why: They do this at my church (have bags of coloring stuff, and those note pad things you can write on and erase) and it seriously kept my youngest sister SO entertained. She’s a naturally LOUD child and she’s usually pretty awesome with her crayons.
Also, a wedding that didn’t have those but had kids I remember one of the boys (probably about 8) was talking and smacking his gum the whole time and the parents did NOTHING. I was annoyed. So I don’t think you can rely on parents to keep their kids in line necessarily. I’m sure my friend didn’t think it would be an issue.
Post # 14
I did something very similar from DollarTree. I bought little canvas bags and filled them with a small chunky pad of paper instead of a large coloring book, a small box of crayons, a slinky and a glow in the dark bracelet-because daughter’s wedding started @ 5pm.
Post # 15
I think it’s a really sweet idea. Guests with children would really appreciate the thoughtful gesture! You don’t need to put piles of work into it to make it a nice personal touch
Post # 16
I think the bags are a fantastic idea. Hopefully it will help the kids behave while the “boring” parts are happening.