Monday, November 18, 2013

Entertaining Your Littlest Guests - The Kids | Part Three

We're excited to give you a few more ideas of how to keep kids entertained at your wedding! A few weeks ago, we introduced this topic by talking about food and the importance it has in keeping kids happy. By choosing to include foods that they like, you're making it more likely that they'll have a good time, and in turn, allow their parents to enjoy themselves, too! Most recently, we suggested dancing as a fun and informal way to get the kids up and moving and give the parents a little bit of a break. Think about the songs you choose for the DJ when planning your wedding. Allow for songs to get the kids up and moving!

Today, we're going to talk about one of our favorites (and quite possibly the most overlooked way) to entertain kids at your wedding - give them toys! This is, by far, the easiest way to entertain kids at your wedding, but no one is doing it! Maybe it's the fear of the kids getting noisy, maybe it's the fear of a mess... let me assure you - there are several ways to supply toys to the kids without creating a loud, messy situation (bonus: they're affordable!!!)

As I've mentioned in previous posts, my husband has a large, large family. As a result, we had over twenty kids at our wedding. I was terrified of the ensuing noise and constant mess that comes with kids (although I love my nieces and nephews dearly). With Nancy's help, we began to brainstorm ideas for keeping them busy, and honestly, this was one of the most budget friendly options and it was fun!

Photo Credit: Mike Landis Photography
In addition to the other tables at the reception, I had a medium-sized round table set up next to the dessert buffet. Once the kids made their way through, they found a little gift box just for them, with toys to keep them busy! Inside each box was a card game (Go Fish, Old Maid, etc.), a small stuffed animal, stickers, a coloring book and crayons, and a few other knick knacks. I honestly had no idea they were going to go over as well as they did! The kids spent half the night dancing and the other half playing with their toys - and with each other. It made life for the parents a little bit easier and let us, the bride and groom, spend time with our family and friends.

There are a number of websites and vendors you can seek out to buy these types of items. They are available in every price range. Do what works best for you! If you are on a tight budget, we've also seen couples bring in kid's board games and make a little corner at the reception just for the kids. We've seen this work well, too!

Whatever you choose, know that kids will not ruin your wedding. But by taking a few small steps to keep them entertained, you'll only make it easier for both kids and parents to enjoy themselves. :)

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