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Keeping Kids Entertained at Weddings

Your big day is fast approaching, you have chosen your dress, the venue is booked and you’re looking forward to a couple of weeks in the sun to celebrate. Then the realisation hits you: there are a number of young kids attending your big day (including your own!) and they could interrupt the service without warning if not entertained!

What to do… Luckily, we are at hand to help! This article will discuss ways to keep children busy while you marry the love of your life!

During the Service

Keeping the children occupied during the service is essential as it’s the part of the day when quietness is really a must. There are a number of ways to do this. The first would be to give them an activity bag on the way in that includes a small book, a fidget toy, sweets, and other little treats. This link will give you some great ideas for goodie bag contents; however, you may want to avoid the noisy ones like kazoos! The average wedding ceremony only lasts around 20-30 minutes and so it’s not too challenging to entertain the kids for this length of time with goodie bags.

If you don’t have many children in attendance, you could also go with a kids learning tablet pre-loaded with games, and a set of in ear headphones. This is sure to be a winner and you can pick up android tablets relatively cheaply. You can even just let the kids use them for the length of the service and resell them afterwards.

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During the Meal

You can also place colouring crayons and printed colouring sheets on the kids dining table. Crayola have a great range of free printable colouring in sheets to download that will keep the kids happy for hours! You might want to include little favours on the tables containing things like bubbles or small magnetic travel games.

During the Evening

For the evening, it’s a little easier as the children have the opportunity to run around and burn off some energy, but it’s also a nice idea to have the DJ do some audience participation dances, for example, the conga, which the kids will love.

On top of this, if your budget allows, you can also have additional children’s entertainment such as a magician, balloon artist or princess/superhero guests. Games are also becoming more popular at weddings now, with many people opting to hire bouncy castles or giant lawn games to keep guests (both young and old entertained)

There are lots of great ways to keep children entertained at your wedding and it’s just a case of getting creative and planning in advance! Small goodie bags are a great way to keep the kids happy and busy and can also be used instead of favours at the dining table, so they are a good way of killing two birds with one stone. Utilise free resources like downloadable colouring pages for a low-cost way of keeping them busy too!