9 tips for inviting kids to weddings and wedding receptions

9 tips for inviting kids to weddings and wedding receptions Wedding planning advice from top wedding planners in Kitchener-Waterloo and London   Kids are amazing. Inviting kids to weddings and wedding receptions always add a different dynamic to the event, and we asked some of the best wedding planners in Kitchener-Waterloo and London for some […]

Kids at weddings and wedding receptions

9 tips for inviting kids to weddings and wedding receptions

Wedding planning advice from top wedding planners in Kitchener-Waterloo and London

 

Kids are amazing. Inviting kids to weddings and wedding receptions always add a different dynamic to the event, and we asked some of the best wedding planners in Kitchener-Waterloo and London for some advice on this topic. Here’s what they had to share:

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“To each their own! If you come from a big family with a lot of kids, then you should have kids at your wedding! If that is what you want! A wedding should be a reflection of the couple, as a union and as individuals, so if kids are rampant in your lives and it wouldn’t be the same without them, then have them. We always suggest preparing kids for dinner service with fun activities and crafts to keep their focus. However, if you aren’t interested in having kids at your wedding then you have the right to not invite them. It’s your wedding day and you have the right to choose who is invited to your wedding! For most parents, an opportunity out of the house without the kids to celebrate love is always welcomed.”

London Wedding Planners – meet Lauren from Twelfth Night Events


 

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“My advice for ALMOST every situation is that there is no wedding police.  I feel strongly that couples should do what THEY want to do.  If they want to have kids, great!  I always suggest hiring child care or bringing in a company to entertain the kids, if it’s in the budget, just so that the parents can relax and enjoy the wedding too.  If the couple wishes for a child-free reception, they need to be consistent, and it needs to be communicated both formally and informally.  I suggest putting a line on the invitation such as “adult reception to follow” as well as spreading the word verbally.  And don’t allow some people to bring kids and prohibit others!”

London Wedding Planners – meet Amy from Unmistakably You


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“If the couple is having kids at the wedding my best advice is to keep them busy, invite them to be a part of the wedding ceremony handing out programs or seating guests depending on age of course. For the reception set up an area where all the kids can sit together so they can have their own fun. Provide activities for them such as colouring books, crosswords, puzzles, games etc, you might even consider hiring a company that comes to your wedding location and keeps the kids busy with fun activities during the reception.”

London Wedding Planners – meet Jessica from Bonafide Events Studio


 

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“Every couple is different and it is their day.  So if they chose to have or not have children there it is up to them.  A neat idea if having kids on site is to hire a babysitter or daycare provider to watch them so the parents can have a bit of a break!”

London Wedding Planners – meet Marsi from One Moment Bridal Consulting


 

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“Kids at weddings – this is a topic that we see come up on a regular basis and each situation is so unique and different.  Some of our clients already have children so there is the quest for the happy middle ground on how to incorporate them in the day, and how to keep them entertained.  If you are at a hall or venue, there are sometimes options for the children to move to another room after dinner for games, movies, and supervision, then they are close enough to the parents but then they are free to enjoy the evening festivities.  We have also had weddings on private property where someone has a travel trailer that the kids can make use of. Bringing in movies, sleeping bags, and snacks, they feel like they are camping!”

London Wedding Planners – meet Rebecca from High Gloss Weddings


 

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“If you’re going to have kids at the wedding, then set up a kids table with lots of activities. Theme it and make it their little spot. Also, if you can afford it, hire a nanny who can watch kids for a few hours, so that parents have a chance to mingle and so kids aren’t bored.”

Kitchener-Waterloo Wedding Planners – meet Carolina from The Event Firm


 

Image provided by Fresh Look Design“If you are going to have kids, give them something to do!”

Kitchener-Waterloo Wedding Planners – meet Ainsley from Fresh Look Design

 

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