Not all brides and grooms want to exclude children from their wedding. Many are happy to welcome children as both members of their wedding party and as guests.
Having children at a wedding can pose several problems. Do you leave them to their own devices and hope they behave? Do you provide a room with childcare, so they are “present” but not in the way? Perhaps the best solution is a mix of both?
If children are invited to the wedding, you need to take into consideration their age. A baby will obviously have to stay with mum and dad, so planning to have all the children in another room might not be feasible. But perhaps if you have toddlers, you can have a separate room for them with childcare and activities available. You could have a table they can use to colour or maybe a TV with a kids film ready to watch. Just remember that children will probably not take up the activities independently, so it may be best to have a hired childcare provider to get the children involved.
What if children will be part of the reception? Just provide plenty of paper, colouring books and pencils.
You might decide to have a kids art table. Get a bag of pipe cleaners, and kids can amuse themselves for hours making people and animals. You may consider clay, but if you do, make sure it is a clean-variety that doesn’t leave marks on furniture. Add in a few different colours, and they can create a variety of figures, faces or forms.
Many couples like to plan more formally for their smaller guests. TOne popular option is to have paid entertainment just for the children. This can occur in a separate room or toward the back of the reception room or hall if it’s a fair size. You can hire a magician or a balloon artist. You could have someone braid the children’s hair and provide temporary tattoos.
If no plans are made for the children, but they arrive at the wedding expecting entertainment, you’ll need to make some plans. One option is a “kid-only” dance, which allows only the children on the dance floor. It’s not only sweet to watch but can also be quite entertaining.