Marriage is all about the joining of two families, and children are usually going to play a big part in this. If you have children of any age at your wedding you want to try and make sure there is something to keep them occupied, especially during the reception when their energy levels are possibly going to be flagging. Keeping the children happy is also going to keep the parents happy as they will be able to relax and let their hair down if their little darlings have their own distractions!
We were recently asked to put a post out on our Facebook page asking for suggestions on how to keep children entertained at a wedding, and we had such a good response, I thought it would be an idea to round up some of the suggestions in an article for you all….
Before the Ceremony…
Leave plenty of time to get ready – if you are all late out of the door, harassed from rushing around, you are already starting the day in the wrong mood! If the children are part of the wedding party, involve them in the preparations for the day – little girls love to have their hair and makeup done just like the older Bridesmaids and the pageboys could have a buttonhole and some hair gel to make them feel like one of the men.
During the Ceremony…
- Children love to feel they are helping – have them hand out confetti cones or Order of Service to your guests.
- Involve them in the ceremony – carrying a ‘Here comes the Bride’ sign before you walk down the aisle or ribbon streamers to wave in celebration.
At the Reception…
- Indoor or outdoor games such as Giant Jenga or Connect 4, such as these from Matt Fletcher Entertainment are great to keep kids (and adults) occupied.
- A Craft Table
A table with stickers, crayons (washable of course!), masks to decorate, felt shapes and anything else crafty – maybe avoid too much glue & glitter, unless you want to make a real mess – is guaranteed to keep children of all ages entertained
A trend that has made its way to the UK from the States – Pinatas can be made into any shape and filled with anything – to suit young children, teenagers or even adults!
- Glow Sticks
For the young, and young at heart! Glow sticks are winners for all ages – make bracelets, necklaces and crowns – a good way to keep a track of your kids on a dark dancefloor too!
- Goodie Bags
A goodie bag filled with games such as wedding eye spy, a disposable camera, colouring books, crayons and bubbles will keep them occupied for a few hours at least. Take this idea one step further with paper tablecloths that the children (and grown ups!) can draw and write messages on – these can me kept after the wedding and used to create a memento of your day.
- Bouncy Castle
If you have the space, why not go for a bouncy castle – young and old children will love it and will burn off enough energy that you are guaranteed a good night’s sleep!
- Magicians or Children’s Entertainer
Let the professionals do what they do best and wow your little ones with magic and tricks!
We would love to hear how you kept children entertained at your wedding! If you have been married on the Isle of Man, why not feature your wedding in our Real Weddings section? Fill out this form and get in touch today!