(Closed) Useful or Wasteful?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is it worth setting up extra stuff for kids to do at weddings?
    yes : (13 votes)
    34 %
    no : (21 votes)
    55 %
    other- please explain :-) : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 17
    7642 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    SparkleBee11:  I think we’re on the same page. I don’t mind an unplugged ceremony, or asking people not to upload bride + groom photos to facebook immediately. But I don’t think you want to stop people taking a few photos over the course of the reception (either of you, or of themselves, because most people want a few photos of their own). That’s just too restrictive, IMO.

    If they’re kids you know and love, they’ll probably interact and socialise a fair bit anyway. That’s what happens with my kids, and my nieces/nephews. Sometimes my nephews start playing games on an ipad, but not too often, and (because it’s several nephews about the same age, and about the age of the kids at your wedding) they tend to show each other what they’re doing, rather being immersed in it. So what I’m saying is that if an ipad or phone comes out later in the evening, it’s no big deal.

    Post # 18
    259 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Is there a more gender neutral option for the activities that you could go for? Such as loom bands or something? They are very popular with both genders in Australia.

    Post # 19
    7642 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    If you do decide to get toys, perhaps the best way to avoid the gender bias problem is to ask the parents what their kids would prefer. 

    Post # 20
    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I made little treat bags for the kids that included crayons, colouring pages, playing cards, Silly Bandz bracelets, toy cameras, and a mini-rubik’s cube. While things to keep the kids busy are not necessary, and easily cut to save time and money, many of the parents told me they appreciated the bags. 

    What about books with both coloring pages and puzzles (connect the dots, word finds, etc.), so the kids can choose between a couple activities within them?

    Post # 21
    155 posts
    Blushing bee

    I honestly think the kids (with the exception of the 6 year old) might just be a bit too old for toys etc. How long will the reception be? Will the kids all be sitting together or just with their parents? Ultimately you will know the kids best, but in my experience kids this age tend to fall into two camps at dinner parties/weddings and other more formal events: a) ipads/iphones are used as a pacifier b) kids are expected to engage with the adults or other peers around them. (This usually results in lively conversation or sullenness…not much middle ground with pre-teens).

    Post # 22
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    SparkleBee11:  Oh that helps a lot! We are going to have our officiant make an announcement too, mostly because I don’t want people getting in the way of the photographer during the ceremony. I am hoping people will back off with the social media too, although it would be awesome to see pictures right away the next day!

    Post # 23
    615 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center


    I see giving kids something to do as a EXTRA SPECIAL THING not a requirement. All of the kids you’ve invited are of the ages that they can sit there and be good. IMO, I don’t think it’s necessary to get all these toys and activities for them. The kids coming to our wedding are at the ages of yours and younger, and we’re doing coloring pages, activity mazes, and word searches. It’s one thing to have something for kids to do to pass the time but you have to think there’s other things they’ll be doing; they can also dance, and I assume they will be eating dinner, too, so there’s only a little time they need to not be occupied.

    Post # 24
    29 posts
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Don’t you think that legos and Jewerly pieaces can get scattered and people can trip over them. Don’t forget you gonna have people drinking and women inheels. Is it a safe ideea?

    Post # 25
    7434 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Why can’t the girls have Lego too?

    Post # 26
    5878 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    SparkleBee11:  I like the idea of the lego/jewlwery kits, and I thnk that just that is enough.  It’ll help keep them occupied in their seats until dinner is done.  I probably wouldn’t set up a movie in the bridal suite as I think it’s nice for them to stay and engage in the party (dancing, etc) rather than take off.  But that’s really more about how close you are with them.

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