Kids At Your Wedding Reception

Kids At Your Wedding Reception

Do you want kids at your wedding reception? Here are some questions to ask. Will my friends with kids be offended that their minis weren’t invited? Will tots steal the thunder from me and my partner? What about relatives, such as nieces and nephews—can I include just them? Do I have to provide childcare if kids are invited (or, for out of town guests, if they aren’t)? Can I invite kids for just a portion of my event, and then ask them to leave early (so I don’t have to worry about kids’ meals, etc.)? How do I keep children entertained at my wedding?

This infographic provided by Zola will help you make a solid decision.

Kids At Your Wedding Reception


Kid-Pleasing Weddings

If you’re planning to include pint-sized guests at your wedding reception, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow these easy tips to keep kids (and their parents) happy the whole night through:

Seat them: Carefully consider families with children when creating your reception seating chart. Older kids might enjoy a special table strictly for them, while families with younger children may appreciate being seated near the exit or restrooms. Group families with kids together so parents can mingle while the kids interact, but be sure that families don’t feel ostracized from the evening’s affairs strictly because they’ve got younger attendees.

Feed them: Offer a kid-friendly alternative to your wedding meal. Not only will these please parents and tykes alike, it’ll be a godsend to your catering budget. Kid-friendly fare, such as chicken fingers, hot dogs, or grilled cheese, is considerably cheaper than the filet or seafood you’ll be serving to guests, and it’s guaranteed to be gobbled up by the kiddos in attendance.

Entertain them: Provide a fun distraction for kids during the reception by offering up age-appropriate entertainment and games. Put together goodie bags for youngsters, stocked with crayons/markers, coloring books, mini chalkboards, craft sets, bead kits, or other fun games/toys. Load up on goods that kids will love at your local dollar store.

Supervise them: To eliminate the stress altogether of having kids in the reception hall, offer babysitting services. If your reception site allows it, set up a kid-friendly room stocked with movies, video games, or toys and hire a few young adults to supervise the children while their parents enjoy a night to themselves.