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Whether they’re yours, your friends or your family’s, children at weddings need to be entertained if you don’t want them crying, whinging or constantly pestering you saying ‘they’re bored or hungry’. We at I DO KNOT understand the need to involve the kids and have come up with some good fun ideas to keep them busy and involved all at the same time.

If you have an outdoor wedding we suggest having a kids teepee with perhaps a small sign saying either ‘cool kids are here’ or ‘no adults allowed’ this will make them feel important and exclusive and with their own private area they are free to make as much noise and mess as they want. The teepee would be decorated with throws, cushions and colourful bunting to drape across the top.

Keep them busy with activity packs; they needn’t be expensive as most kids are happy sitting down colouring in as long as they have the tools to do so. Creating small activity packs such as; clipboard with crayons or a chalkboard and chalks and the colouring-in pictures can be wedding themed to keep them actively involved.

For the children’s table there could be a tablecloth or placemat that could be drawn on so they don’t become bored whilst waiting for the food to arrive. Ensure that there is plenty of food available for them, children like to nibble and instead of them having to wait for the main meal to be served there could be a small buffet set up for them to ensure there are no hungry belly’s.

Instead of flowers or candles for the centrepieces on their table there could be a bowl of lego, kinder surprises or sweets, again to keep their small fingers busy and not getting too hungry.

Another idea is to either leave a small basket or gift-box with some goodies and snacks on the table, one per child. Again same idea but to use a tote bag which could be hung on the back of their chair personalised with their name on, a nice keepsake for them too!

To keep the kids involved during the speeches, when the adults have a toast of champagne they have a glass of milkshake and a cookie to let them raise their glass. Having a champagne flute of milk looks stylish and they will feel grown up too!

Games:

  • I spy – give each child a throw-away camera and a list of items they need to find, such as: the bride & groom kissing, a funny outfit and one of them pulling a funny face
  • Wedding ring toss – throwing hoops over empty bottles into a crate
  • Hopscotch
  • Treasure hunt
  • Noughts & crosses on chalk boards
  • Decorating station

If you have a beach wedding the games mentioned above would work, also some bucket and spades to make sand castles would be cool and kid friendly.

If you hire a photo-booth during your reception making sure the kids have fun with them is a sure winner. Having props ready and getting them to pull funny faces will keep them amused for hours!

You could hire an entertainer such as a magician, a clown or a puppet master to show them some tricks and tales to them for a few hours or hire a babysitter. This would be ideal if you have young children who would need some help with a few of the games or just to keep an eye on all the children in general if the adults want to fully let their hair down.

Depending on how many children will be attending the wedding another possibility is hiring a ball pit or bouncy castle for entertainment. This would probably go down well with some of the adults too and will make fun wedding photographs.

We want all of the guests, even the mini one’s to enjoy which is why some of these are a wedding must have! Children at weddings needn’t be a distraction or kept away from the adults yet keeping them occupied is good for them and everybody else. If the children are happy then so are the adults!

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Article submitted by guest blogger Charlene McKenzie

  • Hi Matthew, Mauro and Petra, Just wanted to say Thank You for the amazing work you did with Ramis and Adriels wedding. I wrote with Rami a bit in the last days and he said at least a couple of times that it was perfect :) Thank you also for handling all print-related stuff and going the extra mile with the decoration. Wish I could have been there to see it. Really happy you made them happy! :) Thank you & many greetings from Berlin, Natalie

    NATALIE HANKE (Berlin)

    Graphic Designer

  • Firstly, I just wanted to say how lovely it was meeting you, Mauro and the rest of your team and to thank you. Both Andre and I were so impressed with everything you did for Annez and Gio's beautiful wedding on the Salt Pans in Gozo - every detail was taken care of so thoughtfully and we were absolutely blown away by the venue, and of course how it was setup and dressed for their wedding day! It was simply breath-taking and that light (honestly, Andre and I could not get enough of it, which you may have noticed!!). You and your team took such good care of Annez, Gio and the wedding party and nothing was too much trouble. I especially liked your approach to the bride as its very similar to my own (that you are present and in the background, never rushing or stressing the bride or the bridal party). And thank you also for driving me to the Salt Pans - it certainly made it less stressful for me and I really appreciate that! As as for the venue at night - now that really had the 'wow' factor - absolutely magical, both for the guests and the lenses on our cameras :-)
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    SUZANNE & ANDRE (Britain)

    Photographers

  • Excellent. Nothing but Praise for Petra, Mauro and all the team at I DO KNOT. We celebrated our ruby wedding anniversary in Malta and I DO KNOT arranged everything for us and our 18 guests from Ireland and England. Such hard work and professionalism provided us with a unique 're proposal event' full church service, hotel, entertainment events etc. The I DO KNOT team were there for us, for all the whole 2 weeks and made it such a wonderful event that will never be forgot by the whole party. Feel free to ask them for more details of our functions they provided and you will see exactly how good they are and what such nice people they are and clearly a credit to the people of Malta. They deserve the awards they have achieved so far and Im sure there will be many more.
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    PAT & TOM HAMPTON (Ireland)

    August 2015

  • I would recommend Petra and her "I Do Knot" team to everyone! As getting married in Malta was a really last minute decision, Petra was super fast in providing us with best options and deals! I reached out to few companies, but Petra was outstanding and stood out right away! Could not be more thankful. And this comes from a wedding planner herself. If I trusted our day to her, anyone can!
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    ALISE & VALDIS (Latvia)

    May 2015