Wedding venues can be dangerous places for kids. The venue may include expensive decor and lit candles which can easily topple over. If the wedding is held outdoors, there may be open access to a swimming pool or busy streets. Each of these is a potential safety hazard, which is why it is important to take extra precautions especially if there are any children attending.
Here are five important tips for keeping children safe and entertained at your wedding.
Safety is always of utmost importance. All it takes for a child to get injured is a moment of distraction. Providing childcare for your guests offers a way for them to enjoy the event and have their children looked after. You may need to hire more than one wedding sitter depending on how many minors are attending. While the bride and groom are expected to pick up the tab, it’s well worth the cost to keep children safe.
Weddings can be rather long from the ceremony to the speeches and banquet. Other activities might be planned afterwards too. So plan some fun activities to keep children busy. One idea is to create a scavenger hunt and give out disposable cameras for them to capture.
Other activities can also include preparing small outdoor games, but be sure you have a trusted individual who can supervise.
Pack special bags filled with an assortment of goodies for any young children. Include fun things in the bags, such as LEGO kits, puzzles, colouring books, crayons, stickers, books, and small toys. These items are fairly inexpensive to put together and can provide hours of entertainment for children attending your wedding.
If there is a small group of children attending, you can designate a special area just for them where they can participate in crafts, decorate their own cupcakes, watch a movie, or play some games. Be sure to make arrangements in advance with the venue coordinator and have a wedding sitter or two to supervise.
It’s easy for children to get restless or bored if they have nothing to do. In addition to the tips mentioned above, another way to keep children safe and entertained is to hire wedding entertainers if the budget allows. These include magicians, balloon artists, face painters, or puppeteers. Again, these are extra expenses that you will likely need to cover, but they are well worth the expense.
Unfortunately, no matter how much planning you do to keep children safe at the wedding, accidents can still occur. Be sure to speak with the venue coordinator to have first aid kits available. It’s also a good idea to know where the closest care centres and hospitals are to plan for worst-case scenarios.
The last thing you want is for anyone to get hurt at your wedding. If there are any children attending, be sure to follow the tips above and make any arrangements as early as possible.
Alex Morrison has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in-depth understanding of many different industries including home improvement, financial support and health care. He has used his knowledge and experience to work for clients as diverse as Adroit Insurance, MyHome Clean and Me Bank to help them reach their business goals.