(Closed) What to do with kids during the ceremony/reception?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

For my wedding, we purchased little wedding-themed coloring books and boxed sets of four crayons for each child’s place setting at the reception.

I’m also making a candy tossing bouquet – I actually remember a bride in the family doing this when I was 8 or 9 and I was *so* impressed that she did something just for the kids. All it consisted of several suckers stuck into a fake flower bouquet holder. This way, there is something fun for the kids at the reception, and it is just the adult females in the group to catch the actual tossing bouquet.

We’re also getting married on July 4th and will have a fireworks display outside of our venue. We purchased a ton of glow-in-the-dark bracelets for the kiddos to enjoy while watching the show.

We’ve done several kid-friendly things in order to involve the little ones. But I’m an aunt of four under the age of 10 and I have two future baby brothers in law (ages 4 and 6), so it was really important for us to keep them entertained at the reception.

Post # 4
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I like the idea of having a "kids room" with things for them to do and play with… as we have about *thinks* 10 kids…damn.. didn’t realise there were that many… oh well doesn’t matter, and we are having out reception at our place (downstairs out the back area) and my scrapbook room is down there (the spare ‘oom) and i could set that up for them 🙂 I hadn’t actually thought about what to do with them… not that i was worried or anything but now that you have mentioned it… i will be able to give them something to do instead of bugging mum and dad "we’re bored" "what can we do" "I WANNA  GO HOME!!!" LOL!

Post # 5
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

If it was possible at our venue we definitely would have chosen a "kids room" with activities and DVDs for them to enjoy. Since this is not an option for us we will be having 1 or 2 kid tables with crayons, coloring pages, and easy, non-messy crafts for them to play with. This works best for us since we are expecting 20 + kiddies. I even created their own centerpieces (Ribbon Topiaries). Almost anything you have for the children is better then them running around because they are bored. I know once the music starts they will be on the dance floor too.

Post # 6
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We only had a small handful of kids (10 at the most). Honestly, they’re what got the party started! They were all over that dance floor as soon as it opened up. I would try to include them as best you can. 

Post # 7
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have to agree with Miss Pinot above – most of the weddings I’ve been to that have kids – they’re the ones starting the party!

For after dinner either a kids table tucked to the side, with fun things like colouring books & playdough is a great idea. That way kids can still participate, but can also ‘take a break’ if they want.

Depending on their ages a room with a DVD is great too! Help to wind them down before going home/to bed. We have a big screen TV available to us, but it’s a bit far from the reception area 🙁 Although some of the almost-teens and young teens may just head there with a game system!

Post # 8
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Watch out for the playdough! It makes a mess and gets ground into linens and carpet. You may be charged an extra cleaning fee by your venue if they have to clean this up! As a parent, as soon as we get playdough home in goody bags or favor bags from parties, it goes in a basket with all of our playdough things and its only used with parental supervision and hidden away the rest of the time. Most parents I know feel the same way. Nothing says home like blue playdough ground into my living room carpet!

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