“Should we invite kids to our wedding?” This is one question that every bride and groom to be should ask themselves as they plan their Lehigh Valley wedding and create their guest list.
Most couples already have friends and family members who have children so this can be a tough decision! Children have a tendency to get bored and restless quite easily; something that can turn your wedding into a noisy affair.
If you do decide that you want to include children in your big celebration, you’ll want to make sure that you’re prepared for your littlest guests, too!
Here are a few fun ideas for keeping those little bodies busy during your Philadelphia wedding:
Setting up a few kids tables with various activities is one of the best ways to keep smaller guests busy for hours, especially during the speeches. Add games, puzzles, activities and personalized coloring books to the tables so that the kids can choose something that appeals to them.
Children really enjoy helping out and being a part of the day’s activities so give them an important job to do such as handing out wedding programs. If they feel like they’re helping out, they won’t get a chance to get bored.
Another cute idea is to give each child a disposable camera so they can snap some of their own photos of the big day.
If the weather is warm on the day, set up a few outdoor games such as this giant outdoor Jenga or activities such as hula-hoops and bubbles. If the children are a little older, you can also set up a crafts table that they can use to create props for a photo booth or a wedding memento for their parents.
If you want to keep children entertained and away from the main festivities, set up a cool pop-up kids’ room or cave that contains balloons, beanbags, tables, a movie and activities that they can enjoy.
Having a babysitting service can give parents a much needed break and can also help out parents who are traveling with little ones. Providing this service can allow your adult guests to relax and enjoy their night out and allow them to enjoy the night well past their little ones’ bedtime. Letting guests know there’s a babysitting service can also be a gentle way of saying “no kids allowed.” (Looking for suggestions for event babysitting services in the Lehigh Valley or Greater Philadelphia area? Check out My Fair Nanny).