Posts tagged Children
Posts tagged Children
To have kids at your wedding, or not to have kids at your wedding…that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler to have an adults-only affair or to welcome the kiddos with open arms – is a question only you can answer. Should you decide on the latter, we’ve got a great DIY from Hannah to keep the kiddos entertained so their parents can enjoy the reception and have some fun of their own.
When it came to deciding whether or not to welcome children to our wedding, it was easy for Kevin and I to say “Yes!” right away. Our friends’ kids are important to us (and when it comes to wedding photos, there’s nothing quite as cute as dancing with a little girl or boy during the reception).
But almost as soon as we decided to invite kids, we realized why some people choose not to. I could imagine their parents—our friends—having to entertain their children during the reception, maybe even giving up on their good time. So we decided to put together little gift bags full of toys and activities that we left as surprises at each child’s seat before the reception
A few of the toys were throwbacks to our own childhoods—Wooly Willy and Fortune-Telling Fish—and two were DIY. Inspired by these posts on Martha Stewart Weddings and the Knotty Bride, I customized an I-spy list for kids to cross off (complete with crayons or pencils, depending on the child’s age) and we painted blank puzzles with our initials framed by a big red heart. I topped off the bags (each stamped with the child’s name) with a few glow-in-the-dark Silly Bandz and kraft ribbon.
The best news is—they worked! All the kids were entertained (at least before they fell asleep), and their parents were free to socialize, drink, and dance. I’m so happy we put the effort in to make sure all the children who were invited felt special.
A quick note: Not all the toys we used were safe for all ages. Some posed a choking hazard. For children under three, we replaced some of the toys with age-appropriate activities. If you’re not sure how old a child is, just ask their parents! It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Guest Blog by Chelsea
These printable activity books are perfect for keeping even your youngest guests entertained. Filled with fun puzzles and coloring pages, it’s one wedding favor that’s sure to delight the kids.
All you have to do is click here for the PDF file, hit print, and go make some copies! You’ll have to do a little double-sided action to make the order of the book right, but you get the idea.
For a fancy finish, get some baker’s twine, punch two holes in the spine of the book, string the twine through from the inside, and tie a little bow on the outside. Set out some crayons and pencils at your kid table, and they’ll have a ball.
Thanks Chelsea for this great tutorial. Please be sure to check out Chelsea’s blog Lovely Indeed
* Photos by Chelsea Costa
Q. I want a flower girl and a ring bearer, but don’t want the children at my reception. My mom says i have to let them come to the reception…I say no way…no children means NO children. Who is right mom or me?
A. Yes definitely your mom is right as the children are members of your wedding party and must be invited. You must also invite the children’s parents. If you think the children will be bored at an adults only reception, you can always provide a babysitter and a special kids room with games, toys, and a place to nap.
Q. My Bridesmaid just told me she is pregnant. Should I replace her?
A. No problem as long as she is in good health she will be fine. Besides you already asked her to be in your bridal party and you can’t change your mind without hurting her feelings. Do keep a chair and a cool drink nearby in case she needs a break during the ceremony, and be sure to choose a dress she will be comfortable in.
Q.My future mother in law is insisting I make her daughter (my fiance’s sister) a bridesmaid. But I have already chosen my bridesmaids. Right now I am so mad I want to tell my future mother in law off. What should I do?
A. If I were you I would calm down and simply add another bridesmaid to keep family harmony. Don’t replace any girls you already asked; simply add another girl. And by the way, you don’t need to have an equal number of bridesmaids to groomsmen. So I suggest you call your future mother in law today and sweetly tell her you will ask her daughter to be part of your wedding. Remember your wedding is only one day. These people are your husband’s family and will be part of your life for many years. So I suggest you nurture your relationship with your inlaws now or in the future they will add STRESS to your life.