Let’s be honest, kids + weddings = a screaming toddler in the back of the Church, right as the vicar says, ‘speak now, or forever hold your peace’. Not ideal, really, is it? So are kids and weddings a fatal combination?
Whilst it might not be advisable to invite a bunch of screaming toddlers to the ceremony itself (sorry, guys…) there are many ways to keep kids entertained at your wedding reception. In fact, putting in a little bit of effort to make sure that all of your guests have a great time is a good idea, and here’s how you can do it.
Make a kids’ table
Invariably, there will be those kids who are as happy as larry sitting at a table with their parents, who won’t be falling asleep in the soup. However, for those little devils who would prefer to be away from all of the boring adults, a kids’ table is a good idea. Stock it up with crayons, colouring books, and a few little toys, so that every wedding attendee that you have is happy and entertained. It also makes kids feel pretty mature and responsible, on their exclusive little table, and brings them altogether so that they can have fun as a group. Everyone’s a winner, huh?
Hire a photo booth
As anyone with kids will know, there is nothing more entertaining to them (aside from maybe their phones) than dressing up and taking photos. Photo booths are great for kids because they get that retro vibe (yes, printed photos did actually used to exist) and they also get little reminders from the day. The best photo booths out there are invariably the ones with loads of props, but if you can’t get your hands on one of these, then it may be a good idea to make your own, so that the queue for the photo booth never wavers. Adults will love this idea, too.
Think about the music
OK, whilst it’s great to have a bit of cringy music every now and again from at 40-year-old DJ who has an impressive CD collection, this isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste. Kids will be more fond of up-to-date songs, that they know and can get involved with. The Cha-Cha Slide will always be an anthem in its own right, but you’re going to have to make some room for Miley Cyrus as well. Try here if you want to find out some great wedding bands, as this is also a good way to captivate an audience, even one that includes kids. Be clever with your music choices!
So, if you want to make sure that the younger guests at your wedding are having a great time, then try to make use of these ideas, and it should be a success. Think about having a kids’ table, hiring a photo booth, and last but not least, bringing a wedding band in (or a range of old and new music) to bridge that generational divide. Enjoy your big day, whilst your guests enjoy it, too!