Having kids be part of your wedding can really amp up the joy. But let's keep it real: while we adults are all about romance, the little guests are on the hunt for some playtime. That's why it's crucial to keep them busy with fun activities during the celebration. After all, happy kids equal happy parents, right? Below, we've got a list of simple ways to keep the little ones entertained during your big day.
Create a separate guest list
First things first — make a separate guest list that includes kids only. By doing so, you will know the exact number of kids aiming to attend your celebration. This list will come in handy while you are planning through some arrangements, like catering and seating. Write down kids' names, ages, and special needs such as allergies or learning difficulties (if they have any). Will they attend both the ceremony and reception or just the ceremony? Mark every little detail. Trust us: it's worth spending your time!
Children are usually picky eaters. So why not make their dining experience pleasant and fun? Ask your caterer about customizing a kid’s menu with things that are not only healthy but enjoyable and will get the little ones excited. Colorful fruit trays, pizza with vegetables, mac and cheese bites served in spoons, and bite-size chocolate chip cookies filled with milk — there are so many different meal options! You can also make a cupcake decoration station where every little guest will be able to show his (or her) creative side.
Wedding favors for kids
There are two things kids love the most. Right, gifts and sweets. So how do you feel about combining both? You can prepare special goodie bags filled with candies, fruits, cookies, and marshmallows. Simple and fun, it's the ultimate kid-friendly wedding favor. The kids can take these bags home and enjoy the treats later. Plus, you can also add to bags crayons, coloring books, and toys to keep the little guests happy and entertained while their parents are busy celebrating the big event.
Set up a space where the kids can spend time together. It's easy! All you need to do is fill a separate room with numerous fun activities: place puzzles, board games, and toys to keep your little guests occupied.
How about giving them creative tasks? For example, ask them to craft wedding cards for the bride and groom. This activity will make the kids feel like they are a part of something meaningful. Also, their creations will be great to keep as a memory. A win-win idea, don't you think?
Hire a professional
If you don’t have time to plan kid-friendly activities, then it’s time to reach out for help. Consider hiring a professional entertainer or nanny, so the kids will not only be occupied with fun games but also supervised. Their parents will be more than grateful. Professionals know how to keep children busy and always come fully prepared with all sorts of games, toys, and activities in mind. Moreover, they can bring costumes and different props to make the event even more engaging and fun for kids. Just imagine having a wedding photoshoot with little princes and princesses by your side. That would be cute!
If possible, set up a separate area where kids can enjoy watching a family-friendly movie or cartoon. Children tend to get tired quite fast because of how active and energized they usually are, so screening is a great way to make them feel more relaxed, yet still entertained. Rent a projector, add chairs, beanbags and pillows to make the space more inviting and comfortable for kids. Oh, and don’t forget to offer your little guests mini popcorn bags!