Your wedding day is fast approaching, and you're in the midst of wedding planning and ironing out all of the details. The guest list is set, you've chosen the venue, picked a color scheme, set a menu and selected a five-tiered buttercream-frosted cake. Now what?
It's time to get down to the nitty-gritty details. You'll have the ceremony first, and then you have an entire reception to plan. If your reception includes kids, then you have some specialized prep work to do. What do you need to consider when planning a wedding that children are invited to?
Take a look at some of the most common questions that the bride and groom need to think about when inviting guests with children to their nuptials.
Are All Kids Invited?
When it comes to what you can expect from a child's behavior in a public setting, there's a world of difference between a 2 year old and a 12 year old. Some couples are perfectly happy having all of their guests' children at the wedding - even the babies.
However, others prefer to limit the guest list to children who are old enough to feed themselves, sit quietly for more than a few minutes and respect the rules of the venue.
Along with behavioral expectations, you also need to consider the entertainment that you're providing. If you're comfortable planning activities that younger kids will enjoy, then don't hesitate to invite them along. However, if you're sticking to grown-up activities, then limit your child guests to ages 12 and up.
If guests have children in multiple age categories, such as a toddler and a 10 year old, then be sure to specify your age-related request on the invite or give the guest a call to explain your choice.
What Activities Can the Kids Do?
Most of the time, the kids can join in with the adults. If you're hiring a DJ or band, then the kids can hit the dance floor with their parents.
Some weddings do have special activities that are just for the children. For example, if you're planning an outdoor wedding, set up a second tent as the children's area. You can have a special dance floor that's just for them, hire a balloon artist, set up a face-painting station, bring in a roving magician or ask your DJ to kick off a game of limbo.
What Should the Children Eat?
To start with, where should the children eat? Younger kids and infants will need to sit with their parents. Unless you're willing to hire a nanny to help with feeding the children, it's best to let mom and dad take control of their kids' meals.
Older children who are able to eat unassisted can have a separate kids table. You can set this table up in the same space as the other tables or you can create a separate seating area. If you are renting a separate tent to hold kids' activities in, then use this for their meal seating space as well. Keep in mind, you'll need to rent extra tables, linens and dishware as well.
When it comes down to the menu, ask the caterer if they can create special child-friendly options. This might include chicken fingers, pizza, hamburgers or grilled cheese sandwiches. Another easy option is to have a buffet. This provides plenty of choices for picky eaters and keeps the parents happy too.
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