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Weddings & Kids…

This is one topic that many couples will face at some point. Do you invite the kids or ask the parents to keep them at home? It’s a tricky one.
For Nathan and I, it was quite easy, only 3 of our guests had small kids and 2 of the mums actually said they would leave them at home so they could relax and have a good time. It was quite clear that our wedding was going to be a grown up affair. Of course, I had Kiran, who’s 9 and Abbie who is 13 in our wedding party, but they are family and are quite happy hanging around with us oldies.
I did however do some research into ‘entertaining kids’ for our wedding day, which we didn’t really need in the end, but here are a few suggestions for you lovely bride-to-be…
Games…
Keep the little ones busy with games, puzzles and crayons. Depending on your venue you could create a kids area, with small chairs and tables designed only for the under 10s. You could¬†also make little packs for them, which could include name tags, candy and party poppers. Colouring books are cheap and you could even give it a ‘wedding theme’

Image from bridalmusings.com 
Bring the nanny…
OK, so we live in Dubai. It’s very common for most families to have nannies, and it makes sense to have some help when the little ones get tired. I personally love dancing with kids and busting out my moves on the dance floor, but then again they are not my kids. I’m assuming for some mums and dads, this wedding might be a chance to relax and let their hair down?
Give them tasks…
If the kids are big enough to sit at the table and manage an almost adult like conversation then it’s very likely they will get a tad boring for them and the words ” I’m bored, there is nothing to do’ will come out at some point. Especially if the kid is the only kid at the table. My little brother Kiran was an angel all day, he was on his best behavior but at one point he did say to me… “Jojo… I’m the B word’. (He’s not allowed to use the word ‘bored’) So, I gave him a task, and this kept him busy all evening. I gave him 2 wedding lego figures and Nathans Iphone, and told him to take some wedding shots with the guests. The pictures came back and they were hilarious.

You can see that my 9 year old brother has quite the imagination…
If anyone has any advice they would like to share with my lovely readers, please send it my way.
Happy planning xx
 

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