If you take a minute and imagine what your wedding is going to look like, gliding down the aisle towards your husband, who is smiling at the sight of you in your beautiful dress. You’re close family and friends are here to celebrate your special day with you, you’re at the reception and everything is beautiful until…a dozen screaming kids go barrelling across the dance floor. Almost every wedding you’ve ever been to has involved children, there are kids in every family after all.
Planning for Kids at the Wedding Reception
This is an aspect of wedding planning that many brides overlook, but you need to plan for the kids. Put together a separate section just for them, kids get just as excited as grownups and have a hard time keeping still. Create an area where they have some toys and things to do. They are going to need adult supervision and you might even consider some entertainment such as face painting or a magician.
Parents want to have a good time at the wedding reception so some collective baby sitters might not be a bad idea either. Wedding parties tend to go on fairly late into the night long after little ones should be in bed. Someone who can take them home or away from the reception area allows the adults to have some adult fun. You don’t want to trip over children when you toss the bouquet. Here are some ideas to help the reception go smoothly.
Children in the Wedding Party
Traditional weddings have a ring bearer and a flower girl as part of the ceremony and it is beautiful to make children feel part of the celebrations, but transportation is also something you need to consider as you go from the church to the reception hall. Strapping even the very best baby car seat into the back of a limo is no one’s idea of fun on a wedding day, but kids still need to ride securely in the car, limo or not.
The Older Kids
Young kids aren’t the only ones to plan for there will also be tweens and teens attending too. Most of the time they will congregate together and while they aren’t likely to be running under foot, they won’t get into the festivities as much either.
Create a separate seating area for them with food and drinks they like, serve finger foods there that teens are into, the usual chips, popcorn, nachos and salsa will usually suffice. Make sure that a waiter pays attention to their area too, it makes them feel included without it being forced or awkward. Most importantly let them enjoy the party without turning them into babysitters.