How to Host a Kid-Friendly Wedding?

by Laura C. Jones

Nothing brings people together quite like a wedding. While you plan your big day, remember to make the youngest members of your guest list feel included. Hosting a kid-friendly wedding means that everyone has a memorable experience, whether they are 5 or 105. From activities to menu options, here’s how to create a wedding day that caters to your youngest attendees.

Choosing the Right Venue

Select a venue with indoor and outdoor spaces, so kids have plenty of room to run around. Opt for a venue with a designated play area or garden where children can play safely. Talk to the venue staff and see if they have options for childcare, and what suggestions they have for entertaining young guests.

Engaging Entertainment Options

There are tons of entertainment options that can keep kids entertained throughout a long event. Consider grabbing their attention by hiring a professional entertainer, like a magician, clown, or face painter. Try setting up a craft station with coloring books and crayons so the kids have plenty of options to choose from.

Interactive Food and Dessert Stations

Turn mealtime into a fun-time adding interactive food stations for your guests. A build-your-own taco bar, a mini pizza-making station, or a DIY ice cream sundae station is fun for everyone, regardless of age. Fun food stations mean all your guests will have food they love.

Sweet Treats for All Ages

Everyone loves desserts. Have a dessert station with a variety of snacks and sweets. Cupcakes, cookies, and brownies are delicious and easy desserts to have at your wedding. Rather than a cake that you have to get cut into many pieces,  cupcakes are easier to pass out to guests. Another good idea is to have fruit and other healthier options available for more health-conscious guests. 

Family-Friendly Seating Arrangements

Arrange seating to accommodate families with children. Have a few high chairs and booster seats stacked out of the way near the dinner tables. Your friends and family with children will be relieved to have appropriate seating available for their whole family.  

Including Kids in the Ceremony

Include children in specific parts of the wedding ceremony. Have your bridesmaids and groomsmen’s children be flower girls or ring bearers. Your adult guests will love seeing the kids at the wedding, and the children will be pleased to be included.

Communication is Key

Make sure your guests know that your wedding is child-friendly. Try sending out save the date magnets that mention kids are invited too. Children who go to your wedding will feel special that they were specifically invited to the event. For your photo wedding invitations, provide information about the kid-friendly elements of the wedding, such as entertainment and activities, so that parents know what options will be available for their children.

Fun for Everyone: Activities for All Ages

Incorporate kid-friendly activities that all your guests can enjoy. Organize a scavenger hunt, or rent a photo booth with props for fun and funny pictures. Activities like these are a great way for all your wedding guests to get to know each other and have a good time.

Creating a Thoughtful Atmosphere

Hosting a kid-friendly wedding ensures that kids and adults have a fantastic time during your wedding. By creating a thoughtful atmosphere, your guests, big and small, will have a great time at your wedding. A kid-friendly wedding embraces the joy children bring to any occasion, and adds a little bit of magic to your big day.

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