We decided very early on that we weren’t going down the “child-free wedding” route. Mainly because having kids at our wedding wouldn’t actually be a problem, and it would probably cause more problems to not have them there.
There are only four kids under the age of 10.
There are only four “tweens” between the ages of 10 and 15.
Families are travelling and we didn’t want to have to ask them to leave their kids behind.
There are no babies in either of our families.
Plus, Jack loves kids at weddings. He thinks they are hilarious and says that some of the best photos of weddings are those that are of the kids.
Here are just three of Luke’s pictures that we absolutely adored.
Photos via Luke Woodford
But cute pictures aside, we had to think about the reality of kids at weddings and why child-free weddings are pretty common. Kids get bored. And when they get bored, they start playing up and being disruptive.
Obviously we don’t want the kids to be bored. Not just because they could get noisy and disruptive, but because we don’t want anyone to be bored at our wedding. And that includes the children. The tweens aren’t a problem. They’re all boys and will be bringing their handheld games consoles and phones, so they’ll be entertained enough.
But for the younger kiddos, we wanted something for them to do. Colouring was out because we didn’t want them to get pen/crayon all over the white linen—same with glue.
We didn’t want to spend a lot of money (it’s easy to get carried away with these things), so we did the one thing we could to put a cap on our budget—we went to the pound shop!
There were so many things for kids in there. Brighton has one of the biggest pound shops I’ve ever been in—it’s amazing—and they had a huge selection to choose from. Eventually we decided on a sticker book each and another toy.
A crown with gemstone stickers for the little girl.
A book of cards that can be pushed out and folded together to make some trains.
What little boy doesn’t love dinosaurs?
And some toy cars for the three year old.
Once we’d got all these gifts, I then went ahead on wrapping them. I decided to do a little name tag for them (so they could definitely see the presents were for them!) and used some of the design that will be used in the rest of our stationery.
So the name tag, along with some gold wrapping paper and ribbon, really did the job! How cute are these?
We’re going to put them on their table so they have something to do whilst waiting for dinner/as the speeches are being said. What five year old wants to listen to grownups speaking? I’m thinking none.
So for a grand total of £13 I managed to get toys, wrapping paper, and ribbon. Bargain. I’m hoping the kids enjoy the presents. Maybe I can convince Anna to let me wear the crown…
Are you doing anything for the kids at your wedding?
- Brighton, UK
- Office Manager
- Wedding Date:
- September 2013
- Fabrica Gallery, Brighton