Maybe the reception will be TOO kid friendly

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 31
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - backyard

Don’t worry if it’s not weddingy enough, just include what you like! Think of planning a big party: if you were planning a big party it would probably be a little too overwhelming to include carnival games, board games, crayons, karaoke, etc all at once. You would probably just chose 2-3 of those things. If you’re doing all that because you and your fiance want it, then include all that stuff. But if you’re doing it because you don’t want people to get bored, they’ll be fine and they can entertain themselves. For what it’s worth, we had an outdoor wedding of 50 guests and we had bocce ball, corn hole, jenga, and dancing. I was worried people would get bored and they were just fine!

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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anabolina :  I think caricaturist is a great way to go! Would doing two being an option and using those funds on a second thing be an option? We were anticipating about 120 guests, ended up with 105 actually showing up, and our artist got through 75 or so (and she did ours in advance). A few missed out, and a few weren’t interested. You don’t have to get every single person done! Do you know how many guests you are expecting?

 

DDR sounds like a super fun idea!

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

Personally I am turned off by the idea of a circus reception and this sounds like a spoiled child’s birthday party, not a wedding reception. 

One or two elements would be ok. Like you mentioned many loved ones are huge board game fans. That plus the sketch artists OR the magician would be neat.

Huge no to popcorn, face painting, karaoke, and Cinco de Mayo.

Post # 34
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Worker bee

Okay, personally I think you could totally go for it! We will probably have a “kids table” and cater somewhat to the kids (almost a third of our guest list will be under 12!) I think the popcorn can be really fun, you could have a toppings bar for that even and help spice it up. We are planning a caricaturist as well- so I fully support that idea! 😊 the face painting- eh, that’s up to you. I think it would be a dud for my crowd, but you know yours better. Also- will it bother you if your guests all have wacky face paint in your reception pictures? If not, and you think they will enjoy it go for it. I think your wedding is your time to do what’s fun for you, but also considering guests. I’d maybe allude to the casual vibes and fun atmosphere in invitations or through word of mouth if you don’t expect that your guests would already be expecting this. I say do what speaks to your heart! And congratulations!  

Post # 35
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Bumble bee

…i still color on butcherpaper tablecloths at restaurants that provide crayons. im 29. 

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Sounds cringe to me. But you know your crowd 

Post # 38
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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anabolina :  

Sounds like you are  very wellblanced person to me! You have plenty of ideas but can let go of them gracefully if necessary.  I think your reception will be great fun. 

One thing l we’d reconsider is the public words about your ‘ love for each other’ . This can be excruciatingly embarrassing for guests. Save them for each other or at least say them  sotto  voce. 

Post # 39
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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anabolina :  If you like this reception idea, and it sounds like something you guys want to do, by all means do it. It’s your reception and so long as guests are being hosted properly (ie: they have plenty of seating and plenty to eat/drink) you’re fine. 

I’ll be really honest in that it sounds like a mom is trying to fancy up her kids birthday party. It’s just not ME, but it’s not my wedding, and that’s ok. You know your family and friends, and if you think they’d enjoy this kind of event go for it. If I was a guest, I’d likely stay for the ceremony and a little bit of the reception and head out. That’s primarily because I don’t really enjoy kids birthday parties (I find them just super hectic and loud) and I get that vibe from your vision.

Post # 42
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Helper bee

Your invites are adorable and your wedding reception sounds like it would be a blast! I’m not sure if you are still doing it, but I can’t see a problem with popcorn if you want to have it. While some people hate it, most people love popcorn. Popcorn would be easy to munch on while playing games and what not. I could see it being the “wedding mint” bowl alternative. (Although I think it does serve as a choking risk to younger kids?)

Just read your update, I would have two people per room watching the kids, ideally one adult per room as well in case of an emergency, even though the parents are across the hall. Two people though so if one person needs/wants to leave to use the bathroom or get a drink, they don’t have to coordinate it out. Perhaps I am just being overly cautious though. 

I think your wedding sounds like it would be a good represenation of who you and your hubby are. 🙂

Post # 44
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Helper bee

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anabolina :  Aww that is nice of you to help them out a little bit too. Good call on the 4 sitters. I think you are right, since the parents will be right across the hall or with their kids probably. 

I think the photo booth and carictures will be so much fun! The adults will enjoy it all too. I feel a tad envious of the guests going to your wedding, lol. 

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