10 Ways to Keep Children Entertained at Your Wedding

Keep your young wedding guests content – and under control! – with our entertainment ideas.

1. Dressing Up

A trunk full of dressing up clothes – from Disney favourites to hats, over-sized jackets and shoes – lets the little ones’ imaginations run wild as they become fantasy characters in their own world.

2. Colouring corner

Collate a selection of printouts, arrange a line of easels, and put out some pots of pens, pencils and crayons and they’ll draw away for hours. There are a host of apps to create personalised printouts, such as Colourscape, which is free to download and lets you transform any image into a sketch to colour in.

3. Magician

While you may wish someone would wave a magic wand to make those little monsters disappear, a magician is the perfect entertainer to keep your guests – both big and little! – happy. From card tricks to pulling a white rabbit from a hat, enthralling entertainment and a quiet, awe-struck audience are guaranteed!

4. Children’s entertainer

Hire an expert who can keep the children entertained for hours on end, providing maximum fun for young guests of all ages. There are a wealth of local and online companies dedicated to entertaining kids – keeping them amused with balloons, modelling with crafts, games, music, juggling and puppets to name but a few…

5. Garden games

From giant skittles and Jenga to huge inflatables, if you’re hosting a summer wedding, set up a selection of giant garden games, available to hire or buy from most children’s retailers and department stores. Alternatively peg out a teepee or two, and they’ll have hours of fun!

6. Bouncy castle

Hours of entertainment for both the children and the adults will be had with a bouncy castle. To add a romantic touch to the day’s proceedings, look for a hire company with a white wedding bouncy castle – not only will it keep guests entertained, it will provide a stunning and quirky backdrop for some very memorable wedding photos.

7. Pony rides

If budget allows here’s a wow way to entertain the little ones – not to mention add an adorable touch to your wedding. Clip Clop Pony Rides (www.clipclopponyrides.co.uk) provide ponies offering rides, petting opportunities and photo shoots or even as the ring bearer!

8. Wedding creche

Enjoy your big day and let the experts take children off your adult guests’ hands with a wedding creche, which allows you to have younger guests there on the big day while being entertained and cared for. With a variety of mobile creche packages on offer, along with chaperones, activity workshops, event nannies, babysitters or themed events, there’s plenty available to suit all budgets and wedding themes.

9. Fairground attractions

More and more couples are really looking for that wow factor and there’s no doubt the wonderful flamboyant colours and lettering styles of fairground attractions are an excellent backdrop to complement both a sumptuous and luxurious and vintage style weddings. The usual candy floss and popcorn stalls always go down a treat if your budget doesn’t quite run to a stunning carousel horse merry-go-round, however the wonderful thing about a funfair or circus themed wedding is even those with a tighter budget can still put together a show stopping wedding, simply by dotting around a few well-chosen games and lots of bunting to boot!

10. Face-painting

Face-painting is one of the most popular things that children love to have done when it comes to special occasions and events, so you know you’re onto a winner. You might be lucky enough to find a local firm who offers a walk about service for weddings, where the artist(s) wander among the wedding party, entertaining the younger children during the speeches and glittering the older children on the dance floor, while getting creative with older guests as the evening wears on…