So you’ve decided children are a part of your wedding celebration! Congratulations on a great choice (and if you have decided children should not attend your wedding, we have many planning suggestions on how to word this and ensure it actually is implemented- so let us know if you need help on that one, too)!
There are many ways to keep children occupied at a wedding reception. Here are a few of my favorites:
- A separate room or area for the children to watch movies/do activities and eat meals that is within walking distance of the main reception festivities so parents feel they can be reached and close enough to check in on their children . This separate area is manned by professional, licensed child care providers.
- A child’s table at the reception site– ask your venue or rental company about tables that are a bit shorter in height with long benches rather than chairs, and covering the table in butcher paper with cups of crayons for coloring right on the table. Baskets of activities and coloring books can also be placed at the table and depending on the size, a professional child care provider (or two ) can sit with the children and oversee them here.
- For the children’s meals, you can do a plated meal, but how about a kid’s buffet just made for them at kid-friendly height with all the favorites of child-hood (having an adult staff member oversee them filling up their plates for them or the professional child-care provider assisting as necessary)? And no wedding is complete without fancy (plastic – for safety) champagne flutes for their beverage of choice. Even children should feel that this is a celebration that includes them in the elegance of it all.
If children are under age 4, it may be best for them to sit with their parents. If in doubt, ask the parents. And no matter what the age, if you do have a children’s table, consider making sure the seating chart has their parents somewhat near that table so they can keep an eye on their kids. The parents will thank you for any and all efforts that allow them to have a bit of downtime and fun, too, and also know their children are well cared for!
For more ideas on kid-friendly events or to discuss ideas on having a child-free celebration, contact us!