A Little Something for the Kids

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.

Reason A

There are only four kids under the age of 10.

Reason B

There are only four “tweens” between the ages of 10 and 15.

Reason C

Families are travelling and we didn’t want to have to ask them to leave their kids behind.

Reason D

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?


Mrs. Jackrabbit

Brighton, UK
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 10:23 am

    I love that what we call the “Dollar Store” in the USA is referred to as the “Pound Shop” in the UK! :) These presents are so much fun and the kids at your wedding will definitely enjoy them!

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    veggie_rachel 575 posts, Busy bee @ 10:52 am

    I got a bunch of fun coloring books and games at our dollar store too! We’re having a “mostly” childfree wedding, in that the only kids invited were close family. There will be a couple babies and tweens, but only one little girl, so I got her a bunch of things that I’ll put in a bag and leave at the escort card table for her. It’s so funny that we came up with so many of the same ideas :).

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    jennyinstereo 310 posts, Helper bee @ 10:55 am

    I did this too! Got them colouring books, crayons, building blocks, dolls for the girls and a dragon for the boy :) They loved it!

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 11:08 am

    So cute and I agree that kids at weddings can be so much fun! Our flower girl and ring bearer were the life of the party!

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    pocketfox 677 posts, Busy bee @ 11:38 am

    Such a good idea! We’re planning on about 9 kids at our wedding and 2 Tweens, so this was extremely helpful.

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 3:45 pm

    Those gifts are super thoughtful and cute!! You’re so close to the finish, Miss J! Wish you the best!!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 4:51 pm

    Great idea and I love how you wrapped them!

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 6:39 pm

    These are so cute!! What a great way to keep them busy!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:34 am

    those are great! What a nice touch. Kids are fun at weddings!

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    hourthyme 729 posts, Busy bee @ 11:05 pm


    We are asking that no children come but for the children in the wedding party we are having a little kids table that will be decorated with candy

    Im getting married at a train station so each place will have a conductor hat and bandana. The station is providing trains for them to play with too and said we get to take them home, yay!

    I am also bringing coloring books, simple board games, paper dolls, cars, puzles, and a child-care person. —Just to be on the safe side…

    We will also have a tweens table but will keep that one more “cool” haha

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    hourthyme 729 posts, Busy bee @ 11:06 pm


    *toy trains (obviously) haha!

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    hot_sauce 345 posts, Helper bee @ 7:46 am

    So cute and thoughtful!

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