13 Dec 2017
The experts at Bijou Wedding Venues return for the last instalment of 2017, this time to discuss how to keep children entertained on the big day
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Welcome to the December edition of Ask Bijou. This month the team behind Bijou Wedding Venues share their advice on keeping children happy at your wedding.
I’ll be inviting a number of children to my wedding, but how can I find a happy balance between keeping them under control and not leaving them bored throughout the day?
Many couples invite children to their weddings, whether it be their own children, godchildren, nieces, nephews and of course the children of your close friends and family. A wedding day can be a long one for children of any age, so having plenty of activities to keep them occupied throughout the various parts of your day is advisable.
If you’re getting married during the warmer months then how about asking your venue if they have any garden games that might be appropriate? Some wedding venues offer select children’s canapés for you to choose from and when it comes to wedding venues with large, beautiful county gardens, you may not need to think about entertainment at all.
If your wedding venue is providing you with all of the catering then they’ll more than likely discuss children’s menus with you in advance. However, to keep little ones occupied at the table, crayons, colouring books, disposable cameras, toys, books and little games will hopefully keep them entertained during the speeches.
Wedding reception and evening
Not all children will be in favour of a dancefloor and as the night goes on, children may start to get tired or need a quiet place to play. Their parents may also welcome a break. Consider hiring childcare, wedding nannies or a crèche in order to keep children under control and busy. If your chosen wedding venue is big enough, perhaps they could make use of a whole room away from the noise of your actual wedding reception. Your wedding venue may even be able to recommend a list of suppliers who regularly look after children at weddings on a professional level.
Babies at your wedding
Mothers with newborn babies may ask for a bedroom or private room to go in to if they plan on feeding their baby. Think about this in advance so that you’re not in a panic at the last minute. When it comes to small children and toddlers, they may require different food compared to what may be served on a children’s menu. Speak to your wedding venue or catering team about how best to cater for very young children.