Fun Idea Friday: Making your Wedding Kid Friendly

If a kid friendly wedding is what you want, then here are a few tips for keeping kids, happy, entertained, and feeling important at your wedding and reception. If you have kids, this can be especially important because this is, in a way, their big day too.

So here are a few ideas we came up with, let us know with a comment if you have some of your own!

1. I know we’ve said it before, but DON’T make small children stand up on the platform during the whole ceremony. You are just asking for trouble. Having been a bridesmaid 8 times, I can tell you grown adults get cranky standing up for an hour, but kids are not so good at hiding those emotions.

2. DO include your kids in the big day. If the bride or groom (or both) have kids already, then they are becoming a family. Take Nancy and Michael’s wedding (see our previous blog), where the kids participated in prayer as a family and took part in the ceremony. Its important that they understand this is a new parent, for better or worse, richer or poorer.

3. Have kids fun packs at the reception with quiet but fun activities (crayons and coloring books – or better yet color wonder markers that can’t stain or write on anything but color wonder paper – puzzles, mad-libs, rubiks cube, silly bands, etc). What you include will of course be up to the age of the kids you are inviting, but be creative. Even adults like a good fun pack so if your reception is a long way from your ceremony site, why not give the adults some wedding mad-libs to work on during the ride?

4. Ask your caterer to serve kid friendly meals – and sparkling grape juice during the champagne toast. Who doesn’t like something fun and bubbly? Need to save some cash – get raspberry ginger-ale instead.

5. Be sure you put on the invitations that this is a kid friendly wedding. Some guests may still opt for a babysitter so they can enjoy themselves, but this way your kids might actually have some friends to dance and be silly with during the reception.

6. Consider hiring a babysitter to attend the day. Have her be the go-to person for the kids, make sure they are eating, using the restroom, and having fun. It will probably be her favorite sitting job yet, and you can focus on the task of getting married without concern.

7. Have a bouquet toss/garter toss kid friendly alternative. There is nothing more awkward than having your 7 yr old catch the bouquet and creepy uncle Elmer catching the garter, while everyone shudders at the thought of him putting it on her leg. Instead, have the “kids toss” first with a smaller bouquet – or let your flower girl do the tossing during your big moment. Little boys may not need a garter, but might be interested in “who can catch the rubber band”, but be cautious because that game could be painful for other guests later in the night!

8. Start your day earlier. If your kids are in bed by 8pm normally, then your reception should be winding down close to that time as well – or at least the kids portion of it. So get married at 2 and have your reception at 3. Then you can get the dancing done first and have dinner at 5 or 6. Be considerate of the fact that kids can only be on their best behavior for so long, and that it is way more difficult if they are tired.

9. Have fun and be silly. Maybe you can use strawberry shortcake dolls as cake toppers, have centerpieces made of toys, provide party hats for your guests as your favor, or do other things that make your kids feel like it is a party for them too.

Well, that’s the list. We hope you got some great ideas for kid proofing your wedding and we look forward to hearing some of yours!

About capturedemotionsportraits

Welcome to Captured Emotions Portraits. We are a family owned and operated special events photography studio with over 16 years experience. Our family founded Oakdale Images in Vestal, New York in 1992 specializing in quality family photography. We service the Vestal, Owego, Binghamton area as well as Northern PA. We LOVE to travel and are available for Destination Weddings! In 2007, Dave & Jeannette founded Captured Emotions Portraits to concentrate on weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and custom album design. We have locations in both Binghamton, NY & Long Beach, California. At Captured Emotions Portraits we believe in capturing all the moments of your special day for you to cherish. We utilize a 2 photographer team to blend the Traditional Portraits with our unique Photojournalistic Images.

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