How to Keep Kids Entertained at Weddings

Gayatri Pillai     30 Oct 2017


Keeping children engaged at weddings can be a difficult task. So, if you are planning to have little guests on the list, it is essential that you make extra provisions to keep them entertained to make sure they enjoy every part of your special day too.

Weddings should be a good time for everyone involved. If the kids aren’t having a good time, you won’t either. While the long day can keep the little ones feeling bored or restless, we’ve created a list of secrets to a stress free day for parents by keeping the children happy and acting like little angels throughout the day.

Give Them Responsibilities

Kids
The easiest way to keep little guests engaged during the ceremony is to give them things to do to keep them feeling included and occupied. Give them some light responsibilities that they can have fun with such as handing out programme sheets to guests or distributing confetti or flowers. Remember to give them roles depending on their age and ability. The kids will be delighted to act as your little helpers for the day.

Have a Special Table Just for the Kids

Have a Special Table Just for the Kids
Kids will love having a special table just for them where they can make friends with the other little guests. You can even decorate the table in a kid friendly way with sweet treats, drinks and games such as colouring sheets and activity books to keep them entertained all through dinner. And for an extra touch, add twirly straws to the drinks and place fun party hats for a bit of extra fun.
A particular set menu designed specially for the kids will go down a treat. We know how children can be fussy eaters so fill the table with popular favourites such as chips, nuggets and pizza. Fuss free finger food is the easiest to eat and will fill their bellies. Be sure to ask the parents about any allergies.

Goody Bags

Goody Bags
Goody bags are a great way to keep the kids busy without having to spend a fortune. A little bag of bits and pieces will keep them happy during the long day. Be sure to provide items that aren’t loud or messy or require adult supervision. Some examples include sweets, puzzles, glow-sticks and crayons. To add a special touch to the goody bags, personalise the gifts by adding the kids names or varying it according it to gender. Don’t forget to keep the children’s ages in mod when choosing the gifts.

Silent Scavenger Hunt

Silent Scavenger Hunt
Keep the kids occupied and encourage them to mingle with the other little guests with a silent scavenger hunt. Simply create and print off a tick sheet for the kids of things to observe during the wedding. Questions can include the colour of the bouquet, how many tiers on the wedding cake, how many bridesmaids etc. You can even give the children prizes for completing the hunt to make them feel extra special and rewarded

Hired Professional Entertainment

Hired Professional Entertainment
[Image Source: Paul Underhill]

If you really want to give your kids a day to remember, hiring professional entertainment will provide hours of fun to keep the children excited. If your budget permits, this is a great option to keep the worry out of entertaining your completely as there is someone to watch the kids and keep them having fun. A few great options include hiring a bouncy castle, face painters or magicians. However, if you are too worried about the budget, just ask a friend to dress up in a character costume and take the role.

Photo Booth

Photo Booth
Photo booths are a popular option that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Capture the silly memories of your guests with this fun extra at your wedding. Include props and costumes that the kids can dress up and play in while making funny faces at the camera.

You can even include a scrapbook in which the guests can decide to stick the photos and write messages. Include stickers and stamps so the children can get creative with their special messages for you.