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Are you thinking about Kids attending your Wedding?

Updated on July 23, 2012

kids wedding favors

favor bag stuffed full of make and take craft items, mini drawing book and more
favor bag stuffed full of make and take craft items, mini drawing book and more | Source
Contents of the kid favor bags
Contents of the kid favor bags
molded shapes, multi colored crayons
molded shapes, multi colored crayons
Games - Bingo is a fun option and you can award prizes!
Games - Bingo is a fun option and you can award prizes!
Give a kid a disposable camera
Give a kid a disposable camera

make a kid plan

Inviting children to a wedding will either be a charming experience or a disaster! You have some options to improve your chances of providing an engaging and memorable experience for the children at your wedding. And not the kind of memory where people just hear screams or watch a wedding cake topple over. Make a "kid plan".


9 Ways to Make a Wedding Day Kids Plan

  1. How many children are attending and what are their ages? Any special needs or diets?
  2. Hire a babysitter (or more than one depending on the number of children. You can gauge the number of sitters you will need based on your state's law for childcare providers - child to adult ratio). Let your family and friends enjoy the wedding not work at it.
  3. Order your kid favors and party supplies about 4-8 weeks prior to the event date. Purchase your kids favors and Bingo cards here on Bridal Letter. If you are on a tight budget, get your party supplies from the dollar store where the party supplies are in plain colors so it is easier to blend it with your own wedding colors.
  4. Cater the food and beverages. Choose drink containers that won't allow spells and finger foods that are as non-messy as possible, but are very eye and tummy appealing to children.
  5. Create a kid zone. This can be a simple area or an extravagant one based on your budget and wishes. Simple and keep it from being an overwhelming experience for them. Seating, table, crafts (that are not too messy) if you want them to eat at this table, instruct your catering staff. You don't need a toy store, just keep in mind self-entertaining and self-rewarding toys, crafts and games. And nothing that has potential for creating big messes both for tables, chairs, clothing and little fingers that touch many things and people.
  6. Consider safety. Make it a child safe area and easily monitored by the babysitter(s). This will also ensure children leave with the family they came with. Include a list with the child's name and names of the people allowed to pick them up.
  7. Decide what you want to offer the children. A movie? (you will need wiring that is taped down to plug a tv in and prevent any tripping over wires) and a vcr with a few kid movies. Or just things they can do. A table or bench to accommodate the number of children attending. Plastic table covers, extra drawing paper and crayons.
  8. Clean up. Make sure you have hand sanitizers, napkins or paper towels and wet wipes. Keep a trash can near by.
  9. Wrap up. Award prizes (candy and small trinkets) for best art work and for winning bingo games. Let the kids put the crafts they make back into their favor bag and take their new treasures home.

Make it an enjoyable and engaging experience for them, just as you are for all of your guests. Wedding craft tables will be the next great option for guests with children. Disposable cameras are a great and engaging way to get them involved in the wedding. You would be surprised the pictures they can capture. I gave a little 8 year old girl my camera at Thanksgiving one year, she took such awesome pictures! I was so busy cooking, I never had time to take such cool pictures of every one there. Looking back on that now; so many of those people I will never see again, so I really treasure those pictures,

View gift options for kids:

http://www.bridalletter.com/Kids_Favors.html

By A Wedding Theme, Brenda Green 2012(c)

Photo Booth - time for the kids

I love the idea of a photo booth at a wedding. Make sure the kids get their time in there too. They can take their pictures and attach them to any of the paper craft items in the kids favor bags.

They can use the little drawing book, put it on the bookmark or attach it to one of the tags. Any of them will hold the photo booth images.

Add some fun props for the kids in the booth that will get them giggeling. Funny sayings, signs. Bunny ears or silly hats.

kids crafts

Creative Crafts for Kids
Creative Crafts for Kids

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Kid Plan vs No Plan

Wedding Kid Plan
No Plan
Happy and Having Fun
Bored, Crying, Getting into things
Babysitter caring for kids
Distracted parents caring for kids
Gifts for Kids
Nothing for the kids
Crafts to do
Nothing to do unless in the ceremony
Games to play
Nothing to play with

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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi great ideas for keeping kids safe and happy at weddings. The wedding favors we call goody bags over here in England! lol! but its the same thing, voted up! cheers nell

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      ThisisShe 4 years ago

      I am engaged and really would like to have children there. I was thinking about letting them stay for a while at the party, then having a supervised "sleepover" complete with movies and popcorn, etc somewhere (at the reception if its a hotel or otherwise, we haven't thought about a venue yet). I haven't put much thought into it yet, so these tips are really helpful and I will certainly save this for reference later. Thanks!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you. Glad I could help. Sounds like the kids will enjoy your wedding day! Lots of luck and congrats!

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      What lovely ideas for entertaining kids and keeping them safe and happy at a wedding, I especially love the idea of child care workers- it gives kids and their parents time and space to enjoy themselves. Great hub!

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