How to plan for kids at a wedding
by Melissa Brodsky
Planning a wedding and inviting kids? You and your younger guests will enjoy the day most if you put some effort into making kid-friendly plans for them.
Start by remembering that they’re not just tiny adults, and look for ways to make your special day both fun and memorable for them. Not only will your careful planning make your wedding day less stressful but it will also ensure that the parents can truly enjoy it. Here are some ideas for making your wedding kid friendly:
Wedding Day Kids’ Meals
The elaborate menu you plan for the adults might not prove as appealing to the kids on your list. Consider providing kid-friendly meal options:
- chicken fingers and fries
- sandwiches cut into cute shapes.
The same applies if you opt for a wedding buffet. Why serve the kids filet mignon that they are likely to just go to waste? You can save money with kid-pleasing selections like these:
- macaroni and cheese
- mini pizzas
- slices of ham or beef
- cheese and fruit assortments
Getting Them Involved
Choosing a flower girl and ringer bearer can prove difficult if you are close to a number of the children who will attend your wedding. The good news is there are other ways to get them involved.
For example, depending on how old they are, some of the kids could act as ushers or help with passing out programs. If you’re providing guests with rice packets or bubbles for after your nuptials, they can pass these out as well. Have them pass out wedding favors or take wedding day photos with disposable cameras you provide. You might even ask a child or two to help with reminding guests to sign your guest book on the big day.
If your budget and space allow, consider having an area designated just for the kids. This area can house kid-sized tables and chairs, small games or toys, crafts and maybe even coloring and activity books to help stave off boredom.
You might even have this area decorated especially for kids and provide wedding favors just for them (personalized packs of M&M’s, make-it-and-take-it photo frames or keepsake boxes, small toys).
Some couples even spring for a babysitter to help supervise the kids’ area, get the younger guests involved in fun games, and lead craft activities. If you can’t afford a sitter, consider enlisting a (responsible) teenage relative’s help with this.
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