The question of whether to have children or not at your wedding can sometimes be a difficult one to decide on. Will they enjoy themselves? Will it distract the parents in the group if they have to their children there to watch over? Will they be running around like crazy people?Well, the answer to this one is all about personal preference but I will tell you, if there will be a number of little ones at the party, there are definitely ways to accommodate them without taking away from the whole event. After all, if you’re planning to have a ring bearers and flower girls, the other parents may get offended if you put a ban on their children and not others who will they play with all night?! First things first, whether the kids will be in the room or not, hiring a designated babysitter can keep them at bay and allow their parents a little extra freedom for the night. If I can offer a tip, though, providing a children’s area outside of the main dining room will keep them from seeing their parents and gravitating that way in a weak moment. For an experienced event sitter you can try Event Sitters by Charity who has sitters and activities for all ages.
Second, create a kid friendly play space that will make them feel like their area is really the place to be and where they will be entertained all night long. For instance, create a kids table with their own personal gift basket or favor at each space. It’s the perfect place to up the cute factor of your event!Image via Mathieu It’s never a bad idea to entertain kids with some outdoor, physical activity, either. Provide a play space outside if it’s available and easily manageable, of course.Image via Brad Walters When it comes to favors that double as entertainment, I LOVE these easy diy bubbles! Poured into a mason jar and a skeleton key as a blower. So cute. When it comes to the decor of your table, keeping it in unison with the look and feel of your wedding is your best bet, while making it kid safe and fun at the same time. It might be a smart idea to go with a paper tablecloth instead of the silk shantung you chose for the adults, though. Just saying… Last but not least, having a designated nap area for the tuckered out kiddos can’t hurt. After all, who isn’t tired after a night full of fun?! Knowing their kids are in good hands and not sitting up all night will keep the rest of your guests at your party, longer.