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How to Entertain Children at Your Wedding

How to Entertain Children at Your Wedding

Children at weddings can be so adorable and entertaining to watch but it can quickly turn the other direction if they are not having fun and are bored stiff. A crying irritable child pulling at their parent is upsetting to not only the parents of the child but to other guests as well.

Being a parent of children who have attended many gatherings over the years, I have acquired a few tips in keeping children entertained at events and thought I’d share some with you.

Tips for Entertaining Children At Your Event

1. Provide a designated play area – If an option, having a designated area off to the side whether indoors or out where the children can play safely is always preferable.

2. Assign a responsible teen to supervise – Providing a person whose job is to supervise the play area and children as well as encourage happy play is advisable. Consider a monetary gift for the person in charge as a gesture of thanks and appreciation. You may want to have more than one teen in charge depending on number of children and various age groups.

3. Provide age appropriate toys – Having safe toys available for child guests will serve to entice them to play and have fun; thus allowing their parents to enjoy their time more. Remember it’s not a good idea to include paints or colourful chalk in the list of child entertainment items. Little colourful fingers touching a wedding gown or mom’s fancy dress will not be appreciated.

Depending on the age of the children invited you may wish to consider the following:

Age 0 – 3yrs: rattles, sensory gyms, blankets, pre-school toys with no small detachable pieces

Age 4 – 7yrs – large lego pieces/building blocks, balls, cars & dolls, role-play toys like small kitchens, large cardboard boxes with crayons to encourage creativity in making their house or car, bean bags, animated movie area

Age 8 – 11yrs – games, scooter, latest action figures & dolls, lego, dress up toy box (fun hats, glasses, boas), electronic gaming area, cards

4. Food & Drink – Be aware of any allergies and provide snacks for hungry tummies. Apple slices, biscuits, cheese, pretzels, small apple juice drink boxes are some good choices. Avoid colourful treats like orange puff snacks, barbecue chips and orange or grape pop.

5. Reminder to parents – You may wish to remind parents to bring any special items their children find to be soothing like blankies or stuffed toys for when the child becomes tired and needs to cuddle or snuggle up.

I hope you’ve found these suggestions helpful. Please check back with our Eventastic website for more wedding and event tips in our blogging section.

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Tips When Considering Including Children in the Wedding Guest List

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Kids and weddings can be like peanut butter and jelly or fire and water. It can go one way or the other. If you are planning a wedding no doubt a discussion has or will occur as to whether to include children on the invite list.

There are a few factors that may influence your decision to have or not have children at the wedding.

  1. Age of the children in question
  2. Known behaviour of the children
  3. Number of children you would consider
  4. Parent proximity to the wedding. If the parents are travelling from another city, province/state or country they may prefer to bring their children when travelling a distance & it might influence their decision to attend
  5. Fiancé’s feelings regarding the matter
  6. Relationship to the children

It’s important to discuss the relevance of the above and together decide on whether your wishes are shared with your fiancé. You may also consider discussing your decision with both sets of parents to ensure you have not overlooked anything or anyone.

Stay tuned for our blog on ‘How to Entertain Children at Your Wedding‘.

Wedding Guest Dress Code

What To Wear as a Guest

These days there are so many different wedding themes, venues, styles etc., almost anything goes when planning your wardrobe for attending a wedding. The key is to take note of the couple’s choice in venue and ask questions about style or their wedding theme in order to feel you have chosen the best option for attire.

Wedding guest dress code.You may not be the type of person who typically likes to blend in with a crowd but it generally is not acceptable to be the focus of attention on the couple’s big day. Dressing goth for a traditional white wedding is going to stand out big time and probably won’t fare well with other guests or the couple walking down the aisle.  Not saying you need to match your wedding attire to their chosen theme (like one couple who chose a ‘Superhero’ theme… where is my superhero cape???), but attending in clothing that is one or two steps up from your every day wear is advisable.

Aside from maybe the atypical wedding themes of ‘Goth’ and ‘Offbeat’, most would agree that generally, dressing up for a wedding in classy, stylish, elegant, smart and sophisticated wear would be recommended. You want to be comfortable yet appear that you put some thought into wearing something special for this couple’s very important and memorable day.

Wedding Attire Suggestions

For the modern, classic wedding there are no hard and fast rules of wearing long or short dresses as a wedding guest. Wearing a dress, if choosing short, and having it at a ‘respectable’ length is good. Noone needs to know you’re wearing lacey pink undies. If your wearing a long dress, keep it simple but stately with limited pizzazz. Wearing a dress with mega sequins and jewels is going to take the attention away from the bride’s gown and that is not good. It used to be said that you should never wear white when attending a wedding. While still not seen a lot, you will certainly not be thrown out if wearing an understated little white dress to a summer wedding.

Men will often wear suit and tie to weddings and now it is becoming quite acceptable for sport jacket and pant combos. Ties are no longer a must wear. Of course dress shoes and shirts done up to at least the second button for the ceremony presents well.

If invited to a more casual venue as with some weddings today having a rustic theme, it is not expected that you dress in classic wedding guest style. More upscale casual is considered fine. While no hard and fast rules, you can feel comfortable in knowing that a simple nice dress with some jewelry and your guy in a sport jacket will be quite acceptable.

Eventastic Weddings participates in Wedding Shows all over the world; offering couples their own wedding website with many wonderful tools and features. It is always fun to meet the many show vendors as well as the numerous couples getting married to get their input on current wedding trends and wishes.

Hope you have found these tips helpful. Have fun at the wedding!

 

 

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