Tips for Children at Weddings

Apr 19, 2017
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Weddings
We are so excited to have guest author, Shannon Lockwood, who shares her informative tips on children at weddings.  
 
Please find her article below: 
 
One of the most dreaded times for parents of little children is wedding season. As invitations and save-the-dates flood our mailboxes and plaster our fridges, our minds immediately wander to how we are going to wrangle the kids into sitting still and being quiet for any length of time. While weddings are stressful ordeals for parents, brides and grooms can make a few of the following simple adjustments to their big day to include and entertain even the littlest guests so everyone is happy and enjoying the festivities.  
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10 Ways to Keep Children Happy During a Wedding or Reception 
 
Create wedding BINGO. Many children find ceremonies long and boring. Keep them engaged by designing a wedding game featuring items, people, and parts of the ceremony into a game resembling BINGO. When a child notices or finds an item, they can color or cross off the square. At the end of the wedding, a child can hand in a completed game sheet for a prize. 
 
Design a coloring book featuring the couple. Keep kids quiet and involved by creating black and white versions of your favorite photos. Look online for apps or use a basic paint program to adjust your images into a printable color book. Make sure to add captions that tell your love story. 
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Assign children a job. Put children front and center by giving them a part in the wedding. You can include kids in the wedding party, have them sit at the guest table, help people carry gifts, be an usher, or have them pass out programs or bubbles.  
 
Provide a kiddie table loaded with simple craft kits. At the reception, allow children to channel their inner artists with fun and creative crafts. This will keep them occupied until dinner is served or busy long into the night.  
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Set out child friendly foods to keep hunger at bay and prevent hangry kids from ruining the reception. Weddings are notorious for long buffet lines or stagnant breaks in between the receptions, cocktail hour, and dinner. Avoid meltdowns by supplying snack mixes, meat and cheese trays, and veggie dippers for hungry munchers. 
 
Light it up. Purchase glow-in-the-dark bracelets, glow sticks, light up balloons, and other fun gadgets to make dancing the night away a lot more fun.  
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Hire a sitter. Consider hiring sitters to watch younger kids in an adjacent room or area in the reception hall. This will allow parents to enjoy the night with other grown-ups and kids will have someone to play and entertain them. Make sure you provide games, movies, crafts, bouncy houses, and snacks to add to the fun. 
 
Get your game on. Place a variety of games on a central table that is easy to access for everyone or rent large versions of jenga and kerplunk. All guests, not just children, will enjoy playing easy board or card games during the reception. As an added bonus, games are a great way to get people or children mingling and talking.
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Hand out goodie bags featuring your favorite things from when you were children. Add a touch of nostalgia to the night by mixing a few of the bride's and groom's favorite childhood treats, games, or trinkets in a gift bag. The kids will be in seventh heaven and guests will get a unique look at the honored couples personalities. 
 
Let kids be the photographer. Kids love cameras and will gladly snap photos at the reception. Purchase a few disposable cameras to let the boys and girls document the party. This will add a lot of unique shots and perspectives- you never know what you'll discover!
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Thank you Shannon, for sharing your helpful wedding tips! 
About the Author:  
Shannon Lochwood currently lives in Southern California. She has a passion for weddings and loves to write about anything related to special "I do" moments. In her free time she loves to hike and spend time with her family and her two lovely dogs.
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