Hello there my DC friends! We received a question about how to keep children calm at their wedding. It’s easy to forget about the smaller planning in weddings, but none the less, its still important; because kids will be kids and what an opportunity they have to do so–running wild at your wedding.
Welcome back to the mini-series:
How far is too far? How much is too much? Part 4
This sensitive issue comes up a lot, not only during wedding receptions, but also funerals, family reunions and much more. Because when things get a little serious, a child’s innocence and the wild child inside them ignites! And it’s time to have fun.
So what do you do? You love your nieces and nephews, and your siblings—but sometimes they may be a little less than disciplining and have more patience than you could ever imagine. But what can you say? After all, they’re not your kids and you really don’t want to upset a family member or tell them how to raise their children. Yet they’re they are, racing around the reception area like a race track while singing at the top of their lungs, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”
Stop it before it happens! Don’t enable want you don’t want to happen—to happen; if you can control the situation.
It’s like you’re leaving dinner plate on the kitchen counter and leaving the room for a moment; while expecting your St. Bernard not to grab your freshly cooked steak off your plate and haul-butt with it.
Instead of getting all irate over your juicy steak your dog is now gobbling down, it would have been so much easier to just set the plate in the microwave before you left the room.
Why do kids crawl around at full speed underneath the church pews? Because they’re bored! You can’t blame them, they’re full of life and energy. They just need something to do with that energy right.
Even the child at the Royal Wedding didn’t want to be there… It happens…
Do the parents a favor and create a space as a play area for the children.
- Set up a table in the corner of the wedding reception area. Fill it with paper crafts for the kids, origami, glue sticks, colored pencils, coloring books and stencils.
- Book a venue with an outdoor playground.
- Have books available; toys and board games.
- You could even ask a friend or family member that loves kids to babysit for an hour or so and play with them.
- Or bring in an old X-Box = problem solved.
After it’s all said and done, hop in a nice and cozy limo from Nationwide Chauffeured Services and talk about what went right during the wedding, because the most important thing is love!
Sometimes the solution is easy. Just be creative and think of ways that you would have wanted to be entertained as a child; what were your favorite things to do?
Good luck, and let us know what worked for you at your wedding! Leave us your great ideas in the comments!