Recently, I attended a large wedding; there were 10 children in the wedding party and a total of 60 kids at the service and reception.
It's often said that children can 'steal the show'. That's a plus if they are well-behaved, but a nightmare if they steal the show with rude behaviour or tantrums. SO...if you are inviting children to your wedding, plan ahead.
The wedding procession
Have children in the wedding party walk down the aisle in pairs. S hy children, especially, will walk down the aisle more comfortably if they are accompanied.
Remove a child from the processional who is hesitating or being difficult. Don't coax – just remove them quietly and quickly.
Avoid having children standing at the altar. They can be 'rescued' by grandparents or an aunt as they approach the altar so they can sit in a pew during the service.
Let children join in the post-service celebration by blowing bubbles. (Most sites won't allow confetti.)
The wedding reception
Provide a kid-friendly drink during the cocktail hour.
Give kids a disposable camera to keep them occupied.
Have a table set up in a corner of the room with colouring books, washable markers, crayons and stencils.
Serve children dinner in a separate room.
Hire a babysitter or nanny to supervise.
Provide a kid-friendly menu that isn't messy. Think chicken fingers and fresh veggies.
Encourage the children to make a craft or card to present to the bridal couple.
Hire an entertainer, perhaps a clown or someone who can make balloon animals.
Bring in a TV and DVD player to show movies.
Provide a quiet area so small children can sleep until Mom and Dad come by to take them home.