There’s always the question of whether to invite children to your wedding, for some its an obvious yes or no, but what if you aren’t too sure? Denise of Angels with Dirty Faces Photography has some great tips for deciding if it’s right for you and your partner.
There’s no doubt in my mind that children can add a little something extra to your wedding. Whether that is the kind of something extra you want, only you can answer that. Children bring mischief, fun, laughter and a touch of unpredictability to a wedding, which I love to photograph!
It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea to have children at weddings, and that is fine! Many couples may be excited for a night off if told their little one’s are not invited.
On the other hand weddings are family affairs, and children are a huge part of a family unit. For some couples it may seem crazy to leave them out of the celebrations, especially if they have children themselves.
Ultimately it is your day, so choose whatever makes you happy. If you need some help with your decision, here are a few hints and tips to bear in mind.
CHOOSE the right VENUE
Having you ceremony and reception at the same venue makes everything easier when children are involved. A venue with accommodation is great for allowing children to take some down time if they need it. Additionally, a venue with outside space is key for letting children run around and let off steam.
Prepare for noise
Churches can echo, a lot, even the smallest whimper will seem huge! Chances are it will be right when you are about to take your vows! Ask you ushers to seat parents with children near the aisle to allow for a quick exit if they need one. You could even let parents know that you are happy for them to leave if their little one is terribly bored, and loud. Alternatively if you are ok with the noise, let them know.
Dont’ forget the games
Your drinks recpetion is a great time for everyone to socialise. Supply lots of games and activites to keep the little ones entertained, giant garden games are always a winner. You could consider hiring childrens entertainment, or even a reputable nany service should your budget allow it. Balloon artists and magicians are great entertainment for all ages (even merry adults), or you could keep it simple with some sticker books, crayons and a dressing up box. I have taken a bubble machine along to a wedding before, knowing that the wedding party including two young kids.
Keep children in mind when planning
Save yourself some hassle by having a simple childrens menu available, and providing some table entertainment. Things such such tabel bubbles, decorated biscuits or table quizs are fun for everyone. Additionally have an area the children can escape to when the speehes are happening, they can seem to last forever for little ones.
LIMIT THE LITTLE ones
It is completely fine to limit the amount of children you invite, especially if alot of your friends have some. You can happily just invite close family children, or stick to children over 5 years old. Weddings can seem a long drag for some children!
DON’T PEAK TOO SOON!
Ensure that your little guests are either tucked up, hidden away with a DVD, or have been taken home before any hard partying starts. Drunk wedding guests and children do not mix well!
I love to photograph children at wedddings, from the mischief in the corner, to the full screaming meltdown. I love to capture all the moments, and you will love to look back on them in the future.
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