Now guys, if there’s one topic that’s guaranteed to cause a bit controversy, it’s whether or not you should invite kids to your big day. On one side of the fence, there are those that firmly believe that children put the magic into the day, after all, you won’t get the brilliant pictures of knee slides on the dance floor, wedding cake covered faces or little people holding hands if they aren’t there.
On the flip side, there are those that think a wedding is a perfect opportunity to let the hair down and party like it’s 1999 which doesn’t always mix well with kids running about the place! So, no matter what side of the fence you sit on, if you do decide to have kids join you on your big day, here are a couple of pointers from our team of professional wedding planners to help keep the experience awesome for everyone!
One of the things we are often asked to set up is a kid friendly area…our wigwam village offers the perfect retreat for children to escape to and have a place of their own to hang out, make friends and play some games. If you want to keep things a little more low-key, set up a table with some games and colouring books, perhaps even some (clean!) crafts with things to make and do – anything really that will help to keep kids occupied.
Food glorious food
This one is pretty key – consider setting up a kids table (if your mini guests are old enough to be seated away from their parents). This not only gives the kids a chance to mingle and make friends, it may well help to keep them occupied throughout the meal and speeches. Also, there’s really no need to splurge on providing the same meal for kids as you do for the adults – they probably won’t eat it and you can guarantee they would prefer a pizza or nuggets to the gorgeous filet mignon your older guests will be dining on. Lastly, think about the guests you have invited, the chances are your single buddies won’t relish being seated with the kids!
If budget allows, consider hiring a professional for the day, particular in circumstances where you have lots of lots of kids coming along. Whether you find a qualified nanny or simply draft in some kid- friendly entertainers (balloon artists, face painters and magicians are always really popular), having something for the kids to focus on will not only keep them from getting bored, it will also leave them with amazing memories of your day!
Let them join in
Sounds daft, but if you are having kids with you, then help them to make the most of their experience and treat them a little like adults! For example, if you are setting up welcome drinks stations for adults, then why not create a mini version for kids – milkshakes and cookies are always popular!
And on the flip side….
Now guys, here’s the controversial bit. At One Curious Dream, our motto is ‘your day, your way’. If you don’t want children to come along, simple – don’t invite them! Make sure you do make it explicitly clear on your invitations that your wedding is an adult only affair (there are loads of lovely, polite ways in which you can say this – google is your friend here) and be sure to let parents know that you want them to really celebrate with you and get a night off from babysitting! You may receive one or two comments, so be prepared to weather this, but ultimately, the choice is yours so don’t be afraid to stick to your guns!