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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kids at Your Wedding?

Often couples planning their wedding question whether they should or should not have kids at their wedding. For some, there is no question about it especially if you have close relatives or friends with small children or if you or your fiancĂ© have children of your own. If you or your fiancĂ© have kids it is important to make them feel included in the big day. This wedding will not only be changing your life, but it will also be changing theirs. You want to make sure that they don’t feel replaced or any resentment towards your marriage. There is not a perfect or right way to do this. Every situation and child is different.

If you are planning on having children at your wedding there are a few things to keep in mind. If you are having a late reception kids tend to get cranky, especially those under 10. The parents should know their childs limitations and make a wise decision whether they will keep their kids at the entire reception. If it is in your budget plan on hiring professional nannies to tend to the children while the parents enjoy themselves. If a child is flower girl or ring bearer in your wedding ceremony, expect to invite that child to your reception. It is not fair to the child to get all dressed up and practice their steps only to be told they can't come to the party.

Keeping kids entertained at the wedding is simple. Set up a kids table with crafts (no paint ) for the kids to color, bead or write notes to the bride and groom. Play a few popular kids songs and get the little ones out on the dance floor for some unforgettable photo's and video. Place a few disposable camera's on the kids tables and let the kids capture some memories for you...yes the photos will probably be terrible, but fun to look at!

Make sure to keep the food simple pizza, cheeseburgers and chicken fingers are always popular. Make sure to set snacks out where kids can reach them or pack a cute favor box with some snacks and juice boxes. Below are some fun ideas for kids favors and kids tables, enjoy!

Sources: Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot & DiBella Weddings

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