Children are notoriously restless and don’t have very long attention spans. Weddings are often a challenge for their patience and good behavior. If you anticipate having young children attend your wedding, choose wedding entertainment that makes allowances for them. You don’t have to turn your wedding into a playground, but having wedding entertainment to keep kids occupied means everyone will have a better time!
Don’t test their patience.
While the speeches may be a part of the wedding entertainment for the adults, especially if they are funny, kids won’t understand and will be bored. Remind those making speeches to keep them short. Consider a break if there are many speeches, where guests can get up and walk around, and young children be released from sitting still!
Bring in some help.
Most wedding entertainment is aimed at adults, so consider bringing someone in specifically to help entertain the kids. If you can, set up a small room for the kids to use and stock it with some books and toys. Hire a babysitter or two from a service for the evening, to read the kids stories and play games with them. It will be a small part of your wedding entertainment budget, but a big hit with guests. Not only will you keep the kids occupied, but their parents will be free to enjoy the rest of the wedding entertainment without worrying about the kids.
Get into the groove.
Kids love to dance from the time they can stand, so when choosing the musical portion of your wedding entertainment, try to select music that kids will enjoy. This doesn’t mean you need to hire children’s musicians as your wedding entertainment! Just try to select a genre that young kids will enjoy dancing around to. If you have a DJ, ask them to play a good selection of bouncy, danceable beats. You will find the adults enjoy it just as much as the kids, and the dance floor will be packed. If you are planning to hire a band to provide wedding entertainment, look for a band that plays upbeat and of course appropriate music for kids to enjoy.
A bag of fun.
Wedding entertainment for kids doesn’t have to be complicated. Take a cue from a children’s birthday party and provide goodie bags for the kids attending. Fill them with simple activities such as crayons and a small coloring book, small toys, play-dough, or travel versions of popular games. These things will let kids create their own wedding entertainment, and can occupy them both at the table and throughout the evening.
Send them on a mission.
Another great wedding entertainment idea for kids is to set up a treasure hunt they can engage in throughout the evening. Give them a list of items to collect from around the reception hall. Plan ahead by placing the item around the hall so they can find them easily enough, but with enough effort to keep them occupied for a while. As part of the wedding entertainment for the rest of the guests, hand out prizes at the end.
Wedding entertainment for kids simply means keeping them occupied and preventing boredom. When you incorporate these ideas into your wedding entertainment plans, you will be sure both parents and kids have a blast at your wedding!