It’s always lovely to see children enjoying weddings here at Upwaltham Barns. However, if you want to make sure that your younger guests have a really great day, it’s a good idea to think about some wedding entertainment for them. Take your pick of these entertainment ideas – all are guaranteed to get little ones, and their parents, smiling.
1. Set up a colouring competition
There are lots of wedding-themed printables online (Pinterest is your friend here!). Add these to a table with pots of coloured pencils so that the children can create their own masterpieces and don’t forget to have a prize ready to award the best one!
2. Giant garden games
Kids love giant garden games such as Connect 4, Hook A Duck and giant Jenga, so think about setting up games in The Courtyard or front garden for them to enjoy during the drinks reception. And remember, garden games aren’t just for the kids!
3. Food and drink
Kids love fab food and drink too, so make sure that there’s plenty for them to sample, especially during your drinks reception when younger guests are often forgotten. Don’t let anyone get hangry on your wedding day!
4. Set up a treasure hunt
You could give them clues or just ask them to find things that you’ve hidden. Think ‘Easter egg hunt’ with a wedding day spin!
5. A kids-only area
Create a kids-only area in the Gardens. A little tent, cushions and some games and books are all you need for a cosy kid-friendly escape.
6. Mini photographers
Enlist the help of the children as mini wedding photographers. Give them all a disposable camera and a list of photos that you want and set them free!
7. Entertainment packs
Sitting still for the entirety of your wedding breakfast can be a big ask for children so give them a reason to enjoy being at the table. Entertainment packs including quizzes, books, stickers and even some Lego or a cuddly toy will keep everyone happy.
8. Hire an entertainer
If your budget allows, hire an entertainer. The professionals have hundreds of ways of make sure that children enjoy themselves and they’ll come with everything they need for hours of fun too.
9. Kids creche
Consider having a creche staffed by trained nannies in the East Barn. Fill it with fun activities, toys and games for the children while the parents enjoy some well-earned grown up time.
10. Their own dancefloor
Give the kids some time on the dancefloor before your first dance. Ask your DJ to prepare a child-friendly playlist full of brilliant wedding music and play this before you start your party in the South Barn. You can be sure the photos from this mini-disco will be amazing!
11. Courtyard games
Set up some games in the courtyard during your evening reception. Hire a ping-pong table and you’ll be the most popular newlyweds around!
12. Board games
Plan ahead in case of rain. A selection of old-school board games will make sure that there’s still a lot to enjoy, whatever the weather. Guess Who, Operation or Hungry Hippos are all perfect as they don’t take hours and hours to play so everyone will be able to have a go. As an alternative, provide paper aeroplane kits for everyone to enjoy!
13. Craft table
Embrace DIY and set up a craft table with a wedding theme. Children could make a wedding card for you, design a wedding dress, decorate a cupcake or make some props for the photobooth.
Speaking of photobooths, a kids-only photobooth is a great idea. A basket full of dressing up goodies, masks and fun props will give everyone a laugh.
15. Party bags
Finally, don’t forget the party bags. Send your younger guests home with a brilliant party bag full of treats (and the obligatory slice of cake!).
For more fabulous wedding ideas, take a look at these top wedding entertainment ideas that are perfect at Upwaltham Barns. If you’d like to know more about our barn wedding venue, please request our wedding brochure or book a time to come and visit us.
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