|Our 2 little nephew ring bearers hanging out pre-ceremony|
|By Grant Sharp|
Now everyone knows how hard it is to keep kids entertained at a wedding, at least during the ceremony portion. So I had lots of ideas to keep them busy and active. And it had to start with our four ring bearers (3 of which were Mr Fix It's nephews and 1 was my nephew) and our flower girl (my little cousin).
|Our Junior Groomsmen (nephew) keeping some of the ring bearers entertained|
Of course, the kids had fun with the ribbon wands that we left on the ceremony chairs for all the guests to wave as we walked back down the aisle:
By Kathleen Wolsfeld
And they loved the flashing sunglasses and mouthguards that we gave them for the reception (though the flashing didn't really show up well in these pictures)
|By Kathleen Wolsfeld|
|By Chad Beever|
You can imagine how many fun shots the younger ones took in the photobooth (there were at least SIXTY photo strips of my flower girl, junior groomsmen and younger cousins alone in the booth!).
They adored the chocolate fountain...Yum!
By Heather Hughes
And these two would not stop bothering our magician...he was so great with them!
My sister said my little 3 year old nephew is still playing with his favor box toys even today four months later! But probably the best investment I made for the ring bearers was for the ceremony portion of our day. When they made their way to the end of the aisle as seen here:
A little bribery goes a long way:
I told their mothers that they could just gather them in the front row to sit down so they didn't have to stand on the altar for a good 45 minutes to an hour. And waiting on their chairs in the front row, I had these little goodies:
Silent and yummy and entertaining!
I got these little mini travel sized magna doodles at Target for like $10 each and they kept the boys busy during the ceremony. And you can't go wrong with a sucker! Especially the ones that last for hours.
|By Grant Sharp|
But for some reason, my sister's in-laws felt the need to also have a bag of Reese's Pieces waiting for my little nephew. That was something we had not planned on and right at the beginning of the ceremony he dropped the bag and the little candies spilled everywhere in the front and into the aisle. Now I did not see them as they tried to quickly pick them up but apparently several of the wedding party and family members at the front of the altar saw all this go down and started laughing thinking it was just hilarious. Good thing I had the sucker there for him so that he wasn't in tears about losing all of his candies!
And for added convenience for the guests with the youngest kids...these precious babies:
I even had our rental company swap out 4 of the chivari chairs for highchairs....which my family profusely thanked us for! And as a special treat for these super young ones who can't really play with toys, we gifted them these fun little personalized bibs:
|By Heather Hughes|
|By Chad Beever|
Share time: Did you do anything different or special for the younger guests you invited or included in your wedding?
TODAY'S WEDDING TIP: Read the above information. I think it speaks for itself. Be sure to have little things throughout your day available for little ones to be entertained and kept busy so they don't get bored - or loud!
Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Robert Mullins Photography
All raw video footage provided courtesty Video Keepsakes of Beverly Hills