How To: Keep Kids Entertained

How real-life couples kept youngsters happy.

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How real-life couples kept youngsters happy.

“Our family’s pretty big and most of our friends have children, so at the wedding we had about two dozen kids ranging from three to 12 years old. We set up four kids’ tables and seated them according to their age. Each child received an activities bag, and we enslited the help of a good babysitter to supervise everything from tantrums and squabbles to spilled drinks.” Ana, Christchurch

“We gave each of the dozen or so youngsters at our wedding a disposable camera. It was pretty amazing to see what they came up with – they had such great perspectives on the event and took notice of things I’d never have expected.” Karen, Auckland

‘Our summer wedding at my parents’ home started at 6pm. We had a children’s table set up with finger food so they could eat right after the ceremony, and we distributed plastic toys that lit up at night, which provided hours of  fun. We also organised a babysitter to keep watch in a back room, which was a quiet space for the kids to chill out, watch a DVD or take a nap.” Diana, Lower Hutt

“The day before my wedding I cut hearts out of pink and white sheets of paper and scattered them over the kids’ tables with some crayons. While dessert was being served, one of the bridesmaids collected the coloured-in hearts and stuck them on a board at the back of the venue. The kids were so proud!” Sandy, Nelson

“After our seaside ceremony we wanted our adult guests to mingle with canapes and bubbles and not have to worry about their little ones, so we had our MC announce a shell-collecting competition for the kids. We then displayed the shells on the head table during the reception, and gave them to the kids to take home as a memento.” Joyce, Whangarei Heads

“For dessert we set up an ice-cream bar with fun flavours such as hokey pokey and bubble gum, plus rainbow-coloured sprinkles, fudge and caramel. Later in the day, we distributed ice blocks to refresh all of our guests.” Kate, Auckland

“My sister created a fancy dress box to occupy the kids. It made for some fun photos, and even tempted a couple of adults to don a few bits and pieces.” Katrina, Palmerston North

‘The only kids at our wedding were my daughters, who were eight and 10. We wanted them to feel that they were an important part of the day, so we gave them jobs at the reception. My eldest daughter was in charge of making sure everyone signed the guest book, and my youngest distributed slices of cake.” Sharron, Whangaparoa

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