In a child's mind, weddings are lots of fun, where fantasy becomes reality and magic can come alive, hanging out with the family, getting up to mischief and making amazing memories. Here are some tips to help everything flow smoothly:
YOUR WEDDING PARTY AND KIDS
If you're having little ones in your wedding party it is always a good idea to practice walking up the aisle beforehand so they know what to expect. If one lacks a little confidence, pairing them with an older child or bridemaid is a great option.
If a little one kicks off and decides they don't want to play ball, just roll with it. We all know if a three year old says "it's not happening" - then it really ain't happening.
Have a designated person there ready to rescue them and calm the situation. Here, a babysitting service is a great option.
This can be the most difficult time for kids to sit and be quiet, the truth is they find it bloody boring. Ceremony "treat boxes" are a great option that can be personalised. They can include little sweets, puzzles, fidget toys and mini colouring books that can also be personalised. It's ok if little ones need to be brought outside to run off some energy during the ceremony.
WHERE THE KIDS SIT AT DINNER TIME
KIDS TABLE - The whole idea of a kids table is that it's fun and gives the kids some independence and allows the adults also time to enjoy their meal and chat with other grown ups.
KIDS SAT WITH PARENTS - If a separate kids table doesn't appeal another good option can be sit families with similar aged kids together.
The treat boxes can be brought out here again along with child friendly wedding favours. A floating kids entertainer during the meal is also an option.
There is no hard and fast rules when it comes to kids on your special day. They can add so much fun to photos and videos. Don't overthink the "child etiquette", just let it flow and make memories that will be carried with you and the kids for years to come. Feel the fear and do it anyway!!!