(Closed) How to make a wedding enjoyable for children! Calling all parents!

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We had coloring pages  ours and the kids 9, 6, 7 LOVED them. The colored all of them and gave them to us so proudly. They were our nieces and nephews. We gave each kid 6 pages and they colored them all before the first speech! had I known they’d be such a hit I would have given them more.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Coloring pages are a good idea. I would also browse the dollar tree for cheap kid friendly toys.

I was at a wedding where they had a kids table covered it with white butcher paper and had a bucket of crayons. They also had kid friendly snacks(ie goldfish, fruit and chips) and ordered pizza for the kids’ dinner. That was a huge hit for them and saved the bride and groom money no doubt. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Our ceremony and reception were outdoors in the same venue.  There were different areas to hang out (i.e, run around in). I provided coloring books and carayons. None of the kids used them because they just ran around and tore up it up on the dance floor. I think they had a blast!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

We had a sit down reception with no dancing, so I definitely felt like the kids needed something to do! We did a small, wedding themed coloring book with a set of 4 crayons plus wikki stix (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BC73Y2). They were a big hit with all the kids (ranging from 2 to 6 years old) and at least one of the moms told me that they kept her kids occupied during the whole reception. I just set them out in a basket next to our prayer card favors so that the parents could choose what to give to their kids.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I made each child a gift bag with crayons, colouring book, flip flops for dancing, glow in the dark necklaces and rings, drinking cups so that they didnt spill on their fancy attire, deck of cards for the older ones, stickers, little cars… can’t remember what else

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

mrswong2b:  We went with “Grab ‘n Go Play Packs” which were $1 at Michaels and a party store. They are these resealable bags with a coloring book, a few crayons and a bunch of stickers. They come in lots of licensed characters (like Disney characters, Minions, Hello Kitty, etc). I figured kids would be more excited about something familiar than a generic wedding themed book. Plus- I figure I couldn’t put together the same thing for less than a dollar anyway. 

For the babies I bought some inexpensive beanie baby type toys from Oriental Trading. 

The kids had a great time. They colored. They danced. They ran around outside. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We had a photobooth at our reception and the children loved it and had a blast playing with the props included while they got to get their picture taken. 🙂

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

The pp’s definitely provided great ideas. My children are HUGE fans of wikki stix, mini bubble bottles, stencils, disposable cameras that entertain them with snapping funny face pics of eachother and gold fish snacks. HTH’s

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I made up activity books for the five kids we had at the wedding (ages 7 down to 2) and personalised them a bit – the ones for the older kids had different activities and less colouring in than the ones for the younger kids did, plus I found a site which had mazes in the shape of letters so I put those in using the first initial for each kid.  They were a hit (and some of the adults borrowed the colouring pencils and drew us pictures…).  I picked colouring pencils over felt tips because then I figured they couldn’t mark their clothes or the table linens.  

We also used our favourite books as centrepieces (and they doubled as favours) so I made sure to put some of our favourite childhood books in at the tables where there were kids.  There’s a photo somewhere of my dad sitting with my nephew on his knee, reading him the book we’d put there for him, which I love.

Our venue provided kids’ meals as well (I think it was chicken nuggets and chips, then icecream and chocolate sauce) which went down well.  We did do a buffet so I think some of the kids ended up eating some food from their parents’ plates as well!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

mrswong2b:  I am not a parent but I am a Pre-K teacher and I like to think that I know a thing or two about this matter lol. My fiance and I had hosted our engagement brunch recently and had all of our family and closest friends in attendance (aka a lot of people). We had 16 kids under the age of 12 at our event. My fiance and I gave out “goodie bags” filled with coloring books, stickers, tattoos, candy… We also handed out puffs for the infants-tods in case they started to get cranky. There was also a manipulatives play corner where they played with LEGOs.  

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