Keeping younger guests entertained

Kids looking cool at wedding reception

If you’re inviting guests with children to your wedding, you may want to consider ways in which to keep them entertained and occupied throughout the day. Weddings can be rather long so it’s important to cater to your younger guests to! Even the most well behaved children can become upset or bored quickly – just like Prince George at Pippa Middleton’s wedding!

It’s important to consider the age range of children you have attending. If you have many children aged under 5 it may be worth hiring professional childcare, even if just for the ceremony. You’ll want to avoid having guests leaving your ceremony with crying or upset children.

Speeches will be one of the moments when the younger ones may get restless, so it’s useful to have something for them do whilst sitting down. An activity or colouring book or some sort of game can keep them occupied. You could also put together a little goodie bag with small items like a disposable camera (for eye spy pictures), card games, sweets or glow sticks/bubbles. Consider staggering eating times so children eat sooner than your other guests and are able to be kept busy outside of your reception.

If you have a number of children coming who are the same age, why not put them all on the same table? Children often become friends quickly and speaking to and playing with other kids will be a great source of entertainment for them. You can also purchase placemats that can be coloured in which is another great option.

Outside of wedding receptions, games are also well received whether they be garden games such as giant Jenga, noughts and crosses or classic board games. A craft table full of bits to glue and glitter has also been an idea that we’ve seen work well. However be mindful it can often get messy rather quickly and you won’t want any damage occurring to their wedding outfits.

Dependant on your budget, hiring an entertainer, magician or face painter will capture the minds and imaginations of most children and is a great fun way to add some magic to your day. Some wedding venues may have have the facility to play kids movies – so check with wedding venues when booking to see if they can offer this to you and your guests. Most will do so at no additional cost.

As children (and us big children!) like to have a dance so if space permits, a kids only dance floor will go down well. If you don’t have space for this, make sure you have some Disney or chart songs on your DJ’s playlist and they’ll be bopping along in no time!

Not decided on your table centrepieces yet? Try LEGO! Children and adults would love a LEGO centrepiece that they can finish off. You could make a little competition of it! See which table can create the most imaginative centrepiece and give the winner a bottle of something suitable.  If it’s the kids’ table, make sure you have a good stock of J2O!

If you’re planning a Christmas wedding, wrap a present for each child and place it under the tree. A lovely little touch that will brighten their face – let’s face it, we all love unwrapping Christmas presents!

Not forgetting the most important part – food! Speak to your venue and see what options they have for your younger guests, including child-friendly canapés and drinks. See if they can do you a mocktail so the kids can join in with the toasts.

You’ll want to include children as much as possible, so be sure to keep them in your mind when planning the various parts of your wedding to make sure everyone is catered for as it’s important they have a great time too!