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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!

2016 Weddings Are Simply, Naturally Beautiful


by Patti Dechter, AddAPearl.com 

It’s always exciting to see which bridal gown and wedding décor trends emerge each year, and this year we have a real treat: natural elements are trending for 2016 weddings. And it turns out that leveraging the simple romance of nature’s bounty can create truly breathtaking weddings.

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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

Children at Weddings: Five Critical Considerations

Announce Your Decision to Allow or Disallow Children Early

The question of whether or not to allow guests to bring their children should be answered early and made known to all of your guests. If considerations aren’t made for guests with children, a lack of preparation can be a problem.

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A Bridesmaid’s Guide to Planning a Bachelorette Party

The bachelorette party is a time-honoured tradition. As the bride’s last hurrah before tying the knot, you and the other bridesmaids need to show her the time of her life. If you kill a few brain cells and cause a little ruckus along the way, then so be it! However, a few things to avoid: losing the bride, the bride getting sick or the bride ending up in a North Korean prison. Continue reading A Bridesmaid’s Guide to Planning a Bachelorette Party

A Bridesmaid’s Guide to Planning a Stag and Doe

A “stag and doe” party – otherwise known as a stag and drag, hen and stag, buck and doe or a Jack and Jill – is a great way for the soon-to-be-wed couple to fundraise. The money raised can either go towards the cost of the wedding, or a comfortable nest egg for when the couple starts their lives together.

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