Some weddings have a few children present and some have lots and lots of kids. One thing is for certain – every wedding has at least some children in attendance. Obviously adults can (usually) get through a whole wedding without getting bored, but what about the little ones?
At every wedding we attend, there is definitely at least one major attraction for kids –they can eat as many pancakes from our mobile crepe station as they can manage. But that will only keep them happy for a while. The rest of the time, they need to be entertained. There isn’t much that can be done about the ceremony, it’s usually (though not always) a serious affair, though happily they only last twenty minutes or so and are at the start of the day, so with any luck, the youngsters won’t cause too many problems.
At the venue and through the reception is where the problems can begin. It’s always as well to consider the kids and lay on some distractions. There is no need to opt for the full on-site creche or even a children’s entertainer (and we once saw an extremely bad version of the latter – extremely bad indeed!) but some cheap alternatives can do the trick very effectively.
Colouring books aren’t just for adults! A few colouring books dotted about with an assortment of crayons is an effective way to occupy the kids for a while. A play area (similar to those found in doctors surgeries and dentist waiting rooms) are also useful, just make sure it is stocked with a few things like Lego and see if you can borrow or buy sort-of abacus type wooden toys or plastic fire engine things to sit on.
Some of the best things we’ve seen are at outdoor, marquee style weddings on a sunny day. Grandparents or interested mums will organsie the kids into groups and play games involving bean bags, tennis balls, plant pots and skipping ropes. It might be best detailing a few guests (or even your bridesmaids) to take turns on a rota basis at being “leader” for twenty minutes or so.
As mentioned, crepes are a great wedding food option for kids (and adults as well, I might add) with Milky Bar and nutella pancakes being particular wedding favourites, but the food for kids does require special consideration, With all venues now offering children’s options (though, unsurprisingly, often offered at adult prices!) then the main meals are covered, but as snacks and features for kids, why not offer a “pop bar” with as many different soft drinks as you can think of? Put it alongside a sweetie bar with (fizzy jelly Haribo type things) and you are guaranteed to keep them entertained – and awake – for hours (if not days!)