Children at Weddings – The Good, the bad & the extremely bored

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Category : Wedding Entertainment

Children will most definately play a part in our wedding day.

Our son will be 3 by then. Already an infectious personality, I imagine he will look extremely cute in his kilt, have fun being the centre of attention (I’m willing to share!), and no doubt provide some comedy moments for our guests.

Not wanting him to be without kiddie company for the entire day, I do plan on inviting a few other kids (7 to be precise), of various ages ranging from 1-8. Yes, there may be some distruption at certain points- but I think that with some well thought out distactractions (I mean entertainment!), the key moments of our day needn’t be filled with awkward screeching or crying.

So far, here is what I have planned for keeping children entertained at our wedding;

  • Just before the ceremony begins, get one of the ushers to hand out some grapes and a carton of juice to the kids (we are putting on a show you know!)
  • Activity packs. Yellow Moon have some terrific and cheap craft sets, so I plan on having a craft corner during the drinks reception. Kids can paint their own piggy bank, make a mask, or even decorate their activity bag. Perhaps to make it slightly more interesting, we could even hand out small gifts (in the shape of their next distraction) at the speeches.
  • A kiddie corner. Our venue is pretty huge, and since both our wedding reception and meal will be in the one venue  I plan on having a little area cordoned off where the kids can lay down with some pillows and their blankets (just like nursery, except without the whale sounds). The parents will be able to see their kids and vice versa.
  • Childminder. Ideally, I’d like a couple of the girls from our son’s nursery to fill this roll (girls if you are reading this – bribes will commence nearer the date!)
  • Sweeties. We have the grown up buffet covered, but the rising popularity of candy buffets is perfect for the kids (and pretty yummy for us adults too)- a little sugary high to keep them from getting tired and cranky! Aquarterof.com have a great selection of goodies if you want to make your own.

Have I missed out anything important? Let me know if you have any other ideas, I’m sure this list will get a  lot longer over the coming year!

Is Entertainment required at a Wedding?

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Category : Wedding Entertainment

I’ve posed this question to a few brides to be – and those that I speak to don’t appear to be planning anything out of the ordinary. However I ‘ve heard of a fair few couples organising entertainment for their wedding day – and I am not talking about the hiring of a wedding band or dj!

Call me old fashioned (why thank you!), but I thought the bride and groom were the entertainment for the day? I assumed, perhaps naively, that everyone was there to see us getting married, have a nice dinner, some drinks and set about dancing the night away.

So what other options are there? Apparently quite a few!

  • Magicians – and not just any magicians, but close up tricks that are guatenteed to dazzle;
  • magicians

  • Caricaturists – a piece of art, a cartoonist or illustrator who will draw your guests;
  • Singing Waiters – who blend into the background, and randomly begin singing
  • singing waiter

  • Elvis/Sinatra Impersonators, no explanation required I assume
  • Bouncy castles, for adults;
  • Casino tables
  • casino table hire

I’m not too sure about all of this – is it normal nowadays to provide additional entertainment? What do you think?


Our Little Ring Bearer

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Category : Wedding Entertainment, Wedding Help, Wedding Rings

Our son will be three by the time we get married. Keen to get him involved in some way, we are hoping that he will be our ring bearer.

callum

Unable to ride a motorbike up the aisle, I imagine he will want to stand next to his daddy or walk down the aisle with me and his papa. At least I’m hoping he will walk and isn’t going to want carried!

As if Callum in his kilt isn’t going to be cute enough (queue lots of ooohing and aaahing from family and friends),  I have come across some fabulous handmade ring bearer bowls and cushions, check these out;

From Paloma’s Nest, a little ceramic dish with two little holes for a ribbon and your wedding rings to be thread through – simply perfect;

ring bearer bowl

From PrinceDesignUK over at Folksy, a clay heart shaped dish covered with tiny hearts, fabulously fun;

ring bearer dish

From I do take U! A ring bearer pillow with no satin bows or ribbons in sight, a simple bird carrying a piece of thread with your wedding rings attached, traditional yet quirky!

ring bearer pillow

I have found it hard to chose – so no decisions made yet! Which one do you like best?

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