If you’re hesitant about inviting kids to your wedding, we’re here to tell you about options that can allow you to have the day you’ve dreamed of, all while including those little “angels” in your life.  Whether you have 25 nieces and nephews or a few little ones of your own, having children at weddings can often be an added stress – and we all know that’s the last thing a bride needs or wants.

Some brides plan separate games for kids in order to keep them occupied, while others opt out of inviting children all together. But, if you do decide to invite children along then Laura White, a childcare expert at Tinies Crèches (www.tiniescreches.com), is here to share her top 10 tips to keep children happy at your wedding:

  • Paper Power – Download colouring pages, word searches, crosswords, or ‘spot the difference’ from the internet. But, make sure you give these out with crayons or coloured pencils to avoid a mess on clothes and tableware.
  • Silent Scavenger Hunt – Create a tick sheet of things to listen out for or observe during the wedding. Like: what colour are the bridesmaids dresses, what songs were sung, did the best man remember the rings, how many were wearing hats.
  • Book Corner – Have a range of books to cover differing ages of children and teenagers attending the wedding. You can either put on tables or set up in a corner with bean bags, which is great for sleepy ones later in the evening too.
  • Box of Tricks – Create boxes of simple toys such as bubbles, board games (travel ones are cheaper and smaller), jigsaws, and play dough. Think toys that can be a hassle free distractions for children that don’t require too much adult help.
  • Children Only Room – Create a child only space with TV’s/DVD players, games consoles, books, board games, dressing up and role-play toys, sand trays and play dough. This is a great option if the majority of the children attending are old enough that they don’t need constant supervision, or if some of your young teenage guests can help keep an eye on them.
  • VIP – Create tasks for children involved in the wedding to earn VIP badges; roles can range from marshalling guests to the right place to holding their bouquet up the right way for younger bridesmaids. Making children feel like they are needed can keep them from mischief.
  • Outdoor Games – If your big day is outside or has easy access to the outdoors, try organising walks around the grounds or do nature searches using small bags to collect what is found. Also, think about providing simple sports equipment such as balls, Frisbees, or cricket sets.
  • Entertainer – This is a more expensive option and tends to work best if you have another room or space. However, parents will still be responsible for supervision of their children.
  • Babysitters – A Babysitter will work well if the wedding is being held in a hotel. The babysitters can look after individual children or families in their hotel rooms bringing some basic equipment and also putting the children to bed so the adults can stay longer and help you celebrate your big day, Tinies offers services such as these to help.
  • Mobile Crèche – This is the most expensive option, but also the ultimate answer, and many brides opt to share the costs with the parents. A team will come in and handle everything for you, they will be responsible for your children and their entertainment for the whole event and even into the night with a sleepover if necessary. Take a look at the following website for more information: tiniescreches.com.