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April 04, 2023 5 min read

If you're a parent getting married, it may seem impossible to plan a wedding and keep your kids in mind at the same time. But with these tips, you can pull together a fun kid-friendly wedding that won't leave anyone out.

Have a kids' table set aside at the reception

Having a kids' table set aside at the reception is a great way to give kids their own space. It can be decorated in theme with balloons, streamers, and even paper hats for the kids to wear.

  • Have fun activities planned for them (like face painting) or special treats that are only available at their table (like cupcakes).
  • Make sure parents know where they can go if they need some time away from the hustle and bustle of the adults' tables. The kids' table is a great place for this!

Consider hiring a babysitter to help out during the ceremony

A babysitter can be an excellent idea for a kid-friendly wedding. If you're planning on hiring one, consider the following:

Make sure to have fun activities planned for the kids. Alt tag: a couple at their wedding

  • The cost of hiring a babysitter will vary depending on your location, but it's important to make sure that whatever price tag you put on this service is within your budget.
  • How much time do you need? If there are other family members or friends who can help out with childcare during these events, make sure to consult with them.
  • Are there any particular tasks that require extra preparation time? For example, if the ceremony starts at 3 pm and lasts until 5 pm, then there's no need for anyone else besides parents/guardians during those hours. However, if it starts at noon and goes until 2 am, you should consider hiring someone who can stay longer than four hours.

Pick a venue that has plenty of space for kids to run around

You have a lot on your plate as it is, so make sure to pick a venue with enough space for kids to run around. If you have young children, it's best to find a venue with either its own play area or one nearby. You'll also want to make sure that the noise levels of your ceremony aren't too high for them. If possible, try choosing a spot where there aren't many stairs involved.

Include some kid-friendly activities in your wedding planning timeline

Kids can be a big help in keeping the wedding on schedule, especially if they're old enough. If they can understand what's happening during the wedding, let them help with tasks like carrying flowers or setting up decorations. They'll also be excited about helping out (and maybe even getting some extra attention from their parents), which will make them feel less stressed out by all the adult stressors.

Have someone in charge of keeping the kids entertained

One of the most important things you can do to ensure your wedding is kid-friendly is to have someone designated in charge of keeping an eye on kids and keeping them entertained. This person should be someone who knows how to manage children. They'll be responsible for ensuring that the little ones are safe and having fun throughout the day.

You can always engage kids in your wedding ceremony. Alt tag: an outdoor swing in the wedding

If you’re planning to move in together with your partner and kids after the wedding and start your new life together, hiring a babysitter for the wedding could be a great idea. This way, you can have a “trial” situation for the person you want to hire. Taking care of kids during a wedding is not easy, so look for recommendations before introducing a sitter to your child.

Keep certain things off limits

When it comes to kids at weddings, you should not let every corner of the venue and every item available to them. Here are a few suggestions:

Food and drinks

It's nice to have a few snacks on hand for guests, but you don't want to have too much of a spread. The last thing you need is for your kid-friendly wedding planner to spend the day cleaning up after many kids who can't wait to get their hands on the cake!


If you're having an outdoor wedding, ensure no small toys are lying around where little ones could find them. Instead, consider getting some arts and crafts supplies for the kids – they will enjoy it and spend a lot of time having fun!


Keep in mind what kind of weather conditions might be present during your ceremony. Children should not overheat or get chilly when they walk down the aisle wearing their best dress/suit ensemble.

Planning a kid-friendly wedding takes a little thought beforehand

Planning a kid-friendly wedding takes a little thought beforehand. You'll want to have a kids' table set aside at the reception and consider hiring a babysitter to help out during the ceremony or to stay with your children during the reception.

Hiring a babysitter for a kid-friendly is a great idea! Alt tag: three kids sitting and playing

Keep in mind that planning a wedding will take a lot of time, and so will the moving-in process. Experts from hansenbros.com suggest looking for assistance for your relocation process, which can help you spend more time planning a wedding. If you are in the middle of the move, it’s better to let professionals handle all the hard work so you can enjoy your big day without any worries.

Don't forget about the music!

Music is an important part of a wedding. You want to make sure that your guests have something to dance to and remember!

First, make sure you have a playlist ready to go. You can do this by creating an online playlist or making one on Spotify, which will allow other people (like your friends and family) access as well. Consider hiring a DJ or band – it'll be more cost-effective if they're willing to travel with their equipment rather than having them come in separately for each event.

If you don't want live music but still want some sort of musical accompaniment at the ceremony or reception, consider hiring someone who plays an instrument like a piano or a violin, as these instruments can provide beautiful background music without being too loud. And remember, organizing an event like this is all about the small details, so the same goes for planning a kid-friendly wedding.


We hope these tips will help you plan a kid-friendly wedding that's fun for everyone. Remember, it's not about being perfect--it's about having fun with the people who mean the most to you. If something doesn't go as planned, don't sweat it! The best thing is that all your guests will be there with you, celebrating your love together.