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Tips for Taking Children to Weddings

 

In a few days, we’re off to a family wedding. And by we that means kids, too! Thankfully, the wedding is on the beach and kid-friendly. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t anticipate challenges.

 

While our kids are older—preteen and upper elementary—sitting for a romantic ceremony isn’t exactly their idea of a good time. But it’s a close relative, so they need to attend. Since they are both older, we’re not anticipating any big meltdowns in the form of tantrums like parents of little ones might battle. With the boys, though, the odds of them pestering each other are probably pretty high.

 

Sitting between them will likely be the solution, and, no, we don’t plan on letting them use technology. They’re old enough to watch the ceremony! However, for those of you with younger kiddos, your concerns for happy kids deserve a little more attention. Weddings are long at times, and kids don’t have the most patience…especially small kids.

So what do you do to keep them quiet and happy? When the babysitter isn’t an option, it’s time to plan ahead. And I’m talking a full arsenal of back-up plans and activities!

Bring Snacks

No one arrives at a wedding at the last minute—at least, I hope not. You’re going to arrive early to be seated and see the processional. And this means you and the kids will be sitting for a lot longer than just the ceremony. Bring snacks. Little ones will get hungry. Just be sure that the snacks you pack aren’t messy or noisy. Fruit snacks, apple slices or cheese sticks make great mess-free snacks. Leave the crackers at home. And don’t forget to pack water.

Pack a Library

While you’re waiting for the ceremony to begin, you can give kids picture books to help them pass the time. You can even find wedding themed books like “Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century” or “Willow and the Wedding.” Coloring books also give little ones something to do during the down time. Just don’t forget to pack crayons (never markers…too messy!).

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Kids with a Role

You may be bringing your kids to the wedding because they are part of the wedding party. Or maybe it’s your wedding, and they are a huge part of the special day! For young flower girls or ring bearers, you can sing songs or read quietly together before they head down the aisle. Having kids involved in the wedding is the best way for them to feel like a part of the day…and stay busy! When young children are part of the wedding, you should help them understand their role in advance…and have someone walk with them if they are scared. Prepare them for LOTS of pictures, too!

Schedule Downtime

Young children who are used to a midday nap need downtime, especially if they miss their nap for the wedding. In the bustle of the excitement, little ones might skip a nap…and this may lead to a cranky kiddo! Scope out a quiet are where you can take them if they become cranky or overwhelmed.

Leave Early

Most kids can’t handle the all-night celebrations of wedding receptions. If your kids are getting too tired, it’s ok to leave a little early…or after dinner. Just be sure to find time to chat with the couple before making your exit.

A Change of Clothing

Kids might not feel comfortable in dress clothes for a long reception. Pack a change of play clothes or some pajamas so kids can dance and play comfortably. You may even want to include some comfortable ‘dancing shoes!’

 

Taking kids to a wedding can be a challenge—at any age! The secret to happy kids at weddings and at the after party is to plan ahead. Pack snacks, activities, extra clothing…and don’t hesitate to quietly retreat if your child gets overwhelmed. You may not even need your back-up plans, because many kids love weddings…and you may find your little one dancing through the night!

Planning the Ceremony

Let’s face it. Sitting down to plan your wedding ceremony can be more than just a little overwhelming! Especially if you happen to be sitting at your computer and all you see is a blank document with the curser blinking in your face. It can bring on flashbacks of final papers from university or College and that need to write something… ANYTHING to feel like you have done something.

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3 Fun Alternatives to Traditional Bridal Shower Games

Any woman who has been to a friend or family member’s bridal shower knows that the typical games played at these events can be a bit cheesy. The old standbys of Bridal Bingo or The Newlywed Game have become so overplayed that it can make the whole party seem silly. Luckily, there are a number of other ways to celebrate a bridal shower that are a bit more creative and entertaining for guests. Read on for three of our favourites.

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Centre the Event Around an Activity

If your guests are active or athletically inclined, consider hosting the party at an ice skating rink, trampoline park, or indoor rock climbing facility. This way, guests will interact more and have stronger memories than they would by simply sitting around answering banal questions about the bride and groom. Another great option could be attending a hands-on cooking or baking class together so that you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour at the end of the party. Wine and painting classes are super trendy right now, so that is another possibility. Be sure to consider the abilities and preferences of your guests in choosing an activity.

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Offer Advice and Well-Wishes for the Bride

Another fun alternative to games is to have guests put together a series of idea boxes for the bride. For example, have each guest create a card with her favourite recipe and compile them all at the shower. To help keep the marriage going strong, another box could be filled with creative date night ideas or marriage advice. For well-wishes, assign each guest a number corresponding to a particular anniversary and have them write something sentimental on a card. Make sure the bride understands that she is not to open each card until that anniversary. This is a gift that will keep on giving for many years to come. Put each set of cards in a decorated box or a trendy mason jar tied up with a bow.

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If You Insist on Playing a Game…

Two truths and a lie is a fun way to get the conversation going, particularly if the guests do not know one another very well. To play the game, one guests tells of three memories she shared with the bride, two of them true and one a lie. The other guests then have to guess which one is the lie. In many cases, the true stories are actually more interesting than the lie, and the guests will have a great time swapping funny or touching memories.

To help you in planning a bridal shower, The Wedding Shoppe offers everything you need, from decor to party favours to stationery for the invitations. We carry products in a wide variety of themes to suit virtually every bride-to-be’s personal style and taste.

Seating Your Wedding Guests – Etiquette and Other Handy Tips

Seating Your Wedding Guests – Etiquette and Other Handy Tips

Your Aunt and Uncle have been fighting since the 90s, your last single friend is hypersensitive to being seated at the “wrong” table, and you have one couple coming from out of the country who only know you and your fiancé. What to do? Continue reading Seating Your Wedding Guests – Etiquette and Other Handy Tips

How Savvy Canadian Brides Can Trim Wedding Costs

Getting married, eh? Those U.S.-made wedding clothes, favours, and accessories may look snazzy and the deals may seem unbeatable, but ordering U.S.-made or -sold goods online for shipment to Canada could involve some nasty hidden surprises that can jack up prices.

Here are some cost-cutting tips for money-savvy Canadian brides.

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Everything you need to know about wedding invitations. Part 2 – Choosing the Right Invitation

When it comes to choosing an invitation for your upcoming wedding, we admit, the task can sometimes be a little bit daunting! After all your wedding invitation will likely be the very thing that sets the mood and the theme for the rest of your wedding so of course you want it to be just perfect. But starting the process can be, for some, just as stressful as picking out your perfect dress! And that’s why we are here to help. Continue reading Everything you need to know about wedding invitations. Part 2 – Choosing the Right Invitation