Managing Kids at your Wedding
You love kids. You have kids. Your sister has six kids. Everyone has kids. You are totally cool with everyone bringing their kids to your wedding. BUT Weddings tend to be formal events and even if you are not a super formal gal, you probably don't want your nephews having an epic sword fight during your first dance. (If I am super off base and you totally would love this, you can find some great play swords here.) To prevent the adorable chaos that can turn into the kind of chaos that leads to wedding fails, there are a few measures you can take if you are going to allow kids at your wedding.
Here are three to get you going!
- Set the expectation that the parents of the kids are in charge of their own kids. This may seem silly, but it isn't a bad idea to spread the word that while their kids our welcome, parents should remember to keep an eye on their own kids. A lot of parents have limited nights out and may want to take advantage of not having to pay a babysitter and having so many adults that can be their eyes while they relax a little.
- In the same breath, hire a sitter or find a volunteer or two to run kid activities during the reception. These people will be less in charge of the kids as they are in charge of manning the kid tables or and games you have for the kids to play. You don't need a ton, just a few to keep those little hands busy and safe while your dad gives a toast or two. Think craft table and bean bag games!
- Have a mini kid menu. Don't waste the delicious and expensive food on little tummies that won't touch it. Have some mac and cheese and chicken nugget option specific for the kids.