Our hoped-for reception venue is tiny, so Mr. Tulip and I are finally getting serious about making an invitation list for The Big Day. And I have discovered that, on my side of the equation, there are roughly sixty adults with THIRTY children! (Mr. T’s side has ONE child!) Apparently, my friends and family are a fertile lot….
My cutie nephew, Gaige. (Sadly, he lives 1,700 miles away from me…)
Children rarely enter the world that Mr. T and I inhabit. Perhaps because we live in an urban area with terrible schools, or go out relatively late at night, we rarely even see them in public. So I originally assumed there wouldn’t be any at our wedding. They just don’t cross my brain, as a general rule.
But when Mr. T and I actually talked about the issue of kids at the wedding, we considered that our goal for the wedding is to bring together the people we care about, and this means we want to celebrate with their entire family. Plus, it’s not convenient for people traveling from out of town to go out for an evening without their children. And lots of the people at the wedding will not know one another, so it could be handy to have cute kids as an icebreaker. The more we thought about it, the more including the kids became a no-brainer.
So, the kids are in! As a frequent wedding blog reader, I’ve seen many suggestions for gift bags full of toys and entertainment, and that’s what immediately came to mind as the major kid-readiness adjustment. (A fave recent suggestion was Brooklyn Bride’s advice to browse Martha Stewart’s Kids for ideas.)
Fabric scrap favor packs from Martha Stewart Kids
But as the process goes on, more and more other issues pop up out of nowhere…. People responded to this weekend’s Chicken Dance post by pointing out that fun dances are good for drawing in the kids. Hm, kids and dancing? And the catering manager at our maybe-venue mentioned that they have kid-friendly menu options. Because, as she put it, “a side of cured salmon is tasty, but not the easiest thing to get a 3-year-old to eat….” Kids and food? … You mean, I can’t just give them a cute gift bag and consider it done? I’m so confused! Who are these little people??!?
Do you have any good tips for integrating little ones into a wedding?