Should You Allow Children At Your Outdoor Wedding?
So, you’ve created your guest list and have already decided to offer a table just for the little ones. You’ve found the perfect responsible teenager to hang out with them and make sure they don’t fall into the lake at your vintage wedding. And you’ve already told the caterer to make sure they have mac n cheese on the menu. You’ve got everything down pat.
But, then, what are they going to do after they eat all that mac n cheese and cake while all the grownups are dancing and partying the night away to celebrate your gorgeous wedding to your gorgeous man?
We’ve scoured Pinterest with some of the best ideas for wedding kids’ tables that actually work in real life. They also make the best use of our beautiful outdoor wedding venue. We’ve even thrown in a few that are already styled for dreamy vintage weddings. You’re welcome.
Children’s Wedding Activity Ideas
Why not, right? I mean, kids love taking photos and you will want every photo you can find of your wedding after it’s over. Especially the moments you probably didn’t get to see. And adding a scavenger list into the mix not only turns the camera into a piece of a fun game, but it will also mean all the photos they take won’t just be of the ground and their shoes or their eyes.
Decorate the Tablecloth
This one is for the kids table at Christmas, but it would be easy to adapt to a wedding. You can add some fun tasks for them to accomplish and then check off right there on the tablecloth. And don’t forget to leave them some chalk or crayons to make some masterpieces behind, too.
Decorate a Cupcake Station
Kids love making messes. And they love eating the messes they make. If you’re planning on a cupcake station, you could bring the station to the kids table. Or at least, the cupcake decorating station. They’ll just need a few paint pallettes, lots of beautiful sprinkles (that go with your wedding colors, perhaps?), and some plain cupcakes to decorate.
Big lawn versions of classic favorites are always a hit and might even get the grownups in on the action. Jenga, tic tac toe, kerplunk, twister, and hopscotch can be a ton of fun in the great outdoors. And, they are really easy to make beautiful enough to fit into vintage weddings with ease.
Don’t forget the snacks
Kids eat. A lot. Think: as much as a teenager. Of course you’ve covered the main course already (mac n cheese), but as the day moves into the night, the littles will be tugging on mom’s skirt looking for a snack and a cold drink that they will actually want to drink. And if you want to make sure mom and dad hang around, you need to be prepared with some yummy snacks. Think of easy snacks that kids can grab and go with. Snack packs of Goldfish, Teddy Grahams, and apple juice or cartons of chocolate milk are great options. Even mini round bottles of water are a great option for little hands. You also might want to keep some kid-friendly snacks handy around the ceremony location to make sure that no one is getting cranky during the ceremony.
There you have it! That’s some of our tips for keeping kids happy and entertained at outdoor weddings.