More brides than ever before want children at their wedding but they are not sure how or when to keep them amused. The favourite spot to entertain children is during the speeches which can be very boring for children.
The following tips should help you:
Have a table for arts and crafts.
It is best to have a table a little lower to suit the size of the children and of course smaller chairs are a must. Give each child a personalised pack to include balloons, crayons, glue, paper and card and maybe a colouring book showing wedding scenes for the girls and monsters for the boys. Avoid paints and water to save ruining wedding clothes. Arrange for each child to have their own personalized arts and craft box to take their creations home afterwards.
Set up a special kid’s area.
It might be possible to arrange a separate room to entertain the children. Here you can provide DVD’s of their favourite cartoons, games to play and even internet access for the older children, under suitable supervision of course. Board games and jigsaws go down well but make sure that you have something age appropriate Hire a crèche worker or baby sitter to supervise the children and to guide them in the fun. If you don’t want to hire someone to do the task consider asking a responsible teenager of a family friend to assist. Consider having children’s music to listen and dance to and even play games to. Where a separate room might not be available consider a separate area at the back of the main function area cordoned off for just the children.
Hire a professional children’s entertainer.
A good way to keep your little guests occupied during the speeches is to hire an entertainer such as a clown or magician to perform for the children. This has the advantage of giving the children something very special and out of the ordinary making the whole wedding experience more memorable.
Children’s entertainers vary considerably. Some may do, for example, juggling, magic, face painting, balloon modelling, teaching circus skills. The actual content required will depend to an extent on the age range of the guests. A good idea is to have and entertainer who can perform a number of skills and can vary their act to suit a wide age range of guests.
These services are well worth the small additional cost especially if you’re having a number of children at your wedding.