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Fun Ideas For Keeping Children Entertained At Weddings

Author: Fern Godfrey

For me, weddings are all about family and I’m firmly of the belief that children make them. As you probably know, we share incredible real weddings every day over on Rock My Wedding, and as much as I enjoy swooning over sophisticated grown-ups only affairs, in reality I’m all about the ones with children staying up until past their bedtime and making amazing memories together. Whatever the religion (or lack thereof), a wedding day is a celebration of love, togetherness and commitment and I think that’s a really positive message to show to our little ones.

First and foremost, this post is an excuse to share some gorgeous imagery with you all of adorable little ones at weddings 😉 but secondly I’m hoping we can make it into a great resource for anyone planning a wedding where the guest list will include lots of children – so please do share any ideas you’ve experienced in the comments below the post.

Garden Games

Something that will undoubtedly entertain the adults too, if you’re having a summer wedding, garden games are the absolute best. For your first port of call, ask your venue, as they may happen to have lovely games on site already, or know local suppliers who you can hire them from, reducing a potential delivery fee. If not, try RMW recommended suppliers Daisy Chain Wedding Hire for lovely looking giant wooden toys that won’t ruin your wedding photos.

If you really want to put a smile on the little ones faces, hire a bouncy castle. We love this one from Vowed and Amazed because it’s duck egg blue and white stripes are so much less offensive to the eyes than your average bouncy castle.

Ask family and friends if they have a ping pong table gathering dust in their garage, because chances are you know someone who does – and a game of table tennis is a great way to keep children happy.

At The Table Games

I think we all know that keeping little ones at the table can sometimes be a challenge and that’s where RMW favourites, The Wedding Of My Dreams have got you covered – they have fabulous things for keeping little ones quiet, colouring-in keep sake puzzle books, crayons, bubbles, dominoes, modelling clay, pick up sticks…the list is endless AND their products always look beautiful.

Wet Weather Options

Although most of the images I’ve included are in the glorious sunshine, it’s highly likely that it could well be raining, so indoor options are a must…

Fancy Dress Box. SO easy to put together as you can ask friends and family to lend you items for the day. Throw in some silly wigs, feather boas and plastic glasses and you’ll not see the kids for hours.

DIY Photobooth. If you’ve got the fancy dress props, you’re halfway to having a photobooth! All you need is a backdrop – ribbons, large (empty) picture frames, even just a wall with a white sheet. The give older children and teenagers the responsibility of the camera, and you’ll end up with some hilarious images. If the thought of any type of DIY fills you with chills, just hire one – you can find lots of great photobooth companies, such as That Photo Booth Company, on the RMW supplier directory, The Love Lust List.

Ball Pool. Teeny tiny ones love sitting in a blow up pool filled with plastic balls and it is very cheap and easy to create. You just need a small blow up paddling pool and a couple of bags of plastic balls like these ones from Argos. If you’ve invited any Mums with tiny babies, they will definitely appreciate a quiet corner where they can sit and have some peaceful time with their little one.

Disco

Consider starting the party earlier if you’ve got lots of little ones as they LOVE to dance and it makes for hilarious and adorable photos. You don’t have to book your band or DJ for more hours, just make a Spotify playlist and let them cut loose.

Getting Them Involved

Even the tiniest of guests will love to be given official tasks for the big day, whether it’s the responsibility of being a flower girl, walking down the aisle holding a cute sign, being in charge of the other children, playing i-spy with a disposable camera and a list of things they need to ‘snap’, even doing a reading during the ceremony – the wedding day is a big occasion that they’ve probably heard lots about for months, so getting them involved will really help them to identify with the day.

Hiring Some Help

If there are lots and lots of children attending the wedding, consider hiring The Little Top. They provide the most incredible childcare for weddings, parties and events that will make the day so much easier for parents and amazing fun for the little ones.

Alternatively, have a look at venues which include things that will keep your guests entertained – you’d be surprised at how many venues there are with games and fair ground rides for your guests to enjoy. (Try Marleybrook House or Preston Court for starters!)

Just Let Them Enjoy It

Having mentioned all of the things above, I really do believe that a wedding day is full of lovely things for children to enjoy anyway, so there shouldn’t be any need to include any of the above if you don’t want to. The most important thing is that there is lots of food to keep them quiet, and a quiet corner so that they can nap if needed. Although the excitement of the big day may prove too much for everyone, including the grown ups…there really is nothing better than a good wedding!

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12 thoughts on “Fun Ideas For Keeping Children Entertained At Weddings

  1. We had goody bags for the younger children; worked a treat to keep them occupied during the speeches and meal. Had silly things like funny glasses and wind up chattering teeth, stickers etc.
    We also had a DIY photo booth and I made captions following the tutorial from waaaaay back in Charlottes original post about her wedding in RMW. Worked a treat and used it since for hen dos! X

  2. Lovely ideas, thanks Fern. Does anyone have any recommendations for some really ‘keepsake’ gifts for pageboys (aged 5, 9 and 10). I would love to get something they will keep but at the moment can only find generic prints and things – definitely not cool enough to be hung in the 10 year old’s bedroom!

    1. Hi Sian,
      I can see your difficulty! For the 5 year old I’d suggest a wooden toy or model that could be constructed and then hung up in his bedroom, which would definitely be more interesting than a print.
      For the older ones, lego could be an option? Again you could hang it up once created, they do some awesome aeroplanes. (I have a lego mad boyfriend and he loves having his Christmas lego displayed on top of the book case – I swear they never grow up!)
      Not on the High Street http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/ do some gorgeous personalised prints which are definitely not generic, I love the personalised world maps x

  3. Oh my goodness this is the perfect post for me right now. Getting properly stuck into wedding planning (only 7 months to go, eek!) and we do have a few kids coming, including our own soon to be three year old. I already knew I needed to get some stuff sorted to keep them entertained, but there are some great tips here. I was planning on doing some table activity bags. Will look at Wedding of my Dreams for inspiration.

    Love the idea of a dressing up box too, what a fab idea! Will definitely start collecting bits for that. I already wanted to do some sort of DIY photobooth with a frame, camera and tripod, so this will fit in perfectly. I’m sure the adults will like it too. I’ll be able to give guests copies of the pictures as part of their thank you cards and we’ll have some hilarious photos to look at after the wedding 🙂
    Amy

    1. Hooray! Have fun wedding planning Amy. The Wedding of my Dreams is awesome for all sorts of decor bits! x

  4. Wedding would be much more dull without children. Children are the greatest symbol of a new born family but they should be busy otherwise their behavior would be destructive 🙂

  5. We had over 30 children at our wedding in June as we really felt that our wedding should be shared with all our friends and family. We have two children ourselves and most of our friends have children. One of my friend’s told me that the next day, her daughter asked when she was going back to the really cool festival! All the children were amazingly behaved and we hardly saw them as they were off playing. I had the children sit on the floor in the middle of the marquee in the centre of the chairs so they could eat and then go and play. We also did the speeches etc first before the meal so the kids wouldn’t be sitting there bored and the adults could enjoy it. I hired my childminders to supervise a kids tent that I’d filled with things like making their own ribbon wands, craft, Lego and so on. The venue had outdoor games as well. I would tell anyone to include kids in their wedding, just have plenty to keep them entertained! Everyone said it was the best wedding they had ever been too and loved that there were families, not just couples 🙂

      1. They looked great. Mind you they went through nearly 30m of ribbon between them! Made cool photos though and all ages enjoyed making them! 🙂

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