Just in case you are one of those people on the fence about whether or not to invite children to your wedding, I hope this post helps sway you (one way or the other...)!
I had a great time planning out the fun stuff for all the kids who would be at my wedding. From crafting activity kits to each individual child, to making sure they had plenty to eat and drink.
We had a special meal for the under 14's: vegan pizza and pb&j. I also made sure we had several kinds of water and lemonade that they could consume, along with a chocolate soy milk at every place setting. And I have to say, the milk was a total hit!
I also spent a lot of time creating individual activity boxes that suited each child's likes and needs. The pre-teen girls received some magazines, lipgloss, notebooks and jewelry kits. The smaller kidlets had boxes full of stickers, bracelets, princess stuff, race cars, army men, and bouncy balls. Everyone, regardless of age or gender, received a fairy wand and a slinky because I love both toys :)
We kept the decor on the table to a minimum, because kids tend to knock things over, ALL THE TIME. Instead of flower centerpieces we put out jars of glowsticks and straws and lollipops. Along with the bright colored pencil boxes and wands, it was all that was needed to make the kid's table look magical.
The seating arrangement at their table was just as planned out as the adult tables! We kept the youngest kids closest to our babysitter, the older kids in the middle of the table, and the wildest kids toward the back near their parents :) It must have worked, because the children were on their best behaviour all night. They really did stay at the table throughout dinner, and after dinner they spent a lot of time hamming it up at the photobooth.
I also left a basket full of bigger toys with our DOC, to be taken out after dinner. It was crammed with coloring books, etch-a-sketch, baby dolls, art kits, jewelry kits, flashlights and more. The kids had a blast and got to take it all home at the end of the night.
Just in case you need more convincing that kids are adorable and really fun to have at weddings:
Are you having children at your wedding? Did you have special activities for them, or do you just plan on letting them dance the night away?
All photos in this post (unless otherwise noted): Hazelnut Photography