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 another great DIY from Hannah of The Homesteady 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 Kristie 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.
As a parent of a very active kiddo myself, I would so appreciate this if I was encouraged to bring my kid to a wedding. Of course, I’d probably rather leave him at home with a babysitter so I could really enjoy myself (I’m sure most of the other mommas out there are nodding their heads.) But it is fun to have kids at weddings, especially if they are children of close family and friends, so make everyone happy and give them something to do.
What are some other fun ideas that you can think of to put in goodie bags for the kiddos at weddings?