Entertaining Les Enfants!

by Jenny Bryde 13. December 2009 06:04

They require attention, food, activities, space, and fun.  I am talking about the kiddies today, folks.  Inevitably, most couples will have anywhere from five to fifty children at their weddings, and these miniature guests sometimes need twice the attention so that they have fun and get their dance on rather than get cranky and get their tantrum on.  :)

Don't get me wrong I love kids, but make no mistake - we all must plan ahead for these little guys so that they stay happy and occupied on your big day.  The dance floor is their friend, and they will do the YMCA and the electric slide with the best of them, but you will probably want to think about some other activities for these guys when they get tired of the dance floor or during the dinner hour.  

photo by Liana Lehman

Keep some crafty things on the tables where kids will be sitting.  These items could include...

  • Crayons and paper
  • Pipe cleaners, stickers, or other crafty items to make masks.
  • Small handheld games that you can pick up at the dollar store.
  • Blocks/Legos
If it's in your budget and if there's room in your venue, you could also...
  • Set up a TV/hang out room for kids to calm down or take a nap.
  • Hire a face paint artist, magician, or balloon artist.
  • Set up lawn games or a kick ball field.
  • Hire a babysitter to run games.
What else?  Let's keep adding to this list...  What did you do to entertain the kids at your wedding?  What are you planning to do to entertain the kids?  Leave a comment below, and I'll add your name and idea to the list in the post!  

(Side note...I think these ideas would be fun for me too.  Can the bride sit at the kids table?)

Comment from NewBride85: "You could have a craft corner. Have various little crafts kids like to play with on a table or two at their height and so on and so forth. If you want to go all out decorate the corner specifically for them. I'm not sure how you could incorporate your wedding theme, if you wanted to. I'd do stuff like markers, crayons, all sorts of different paper, play-doh, stamps, stencils. You could designate someone to entertain the little ones as well if you wanted. I've not seen this done at any wedding and wasn't planning on doing anything like this for mine (I'm figuring the parents can take care of their little ones). If you do go forward with this, good luck!" Great ideas! Thanks!!

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