(this is the Roskelley clan squinting in the sun at my wedding 5 1/2 years ago – my parents, eight siblings, their spouses and children – we’ve added more since then)
I have over 40 nieces and nephews and even though they took up nearly 1/2 of our very limited guest list for our wedding reception, I wasn’t budging on having them invited – they are my favorite people!! If you are like me, you want the little ones in your family included in your biggest day but also know that the festivities will last A LOT longer than their little attention spans. Some of the smartest people I know have included a children’s room at their reception.
I volunteered to be in with the kids at the wedding reception of my good friends sister so her family could enjoy the reception activities, but the children could eat pizza, watch a movie and play with lots of toys (it was held at an LDS church were the nursery room already has LOTS of toys). I had a blast and the kids were nearby for photo’s and went in and out of the reception area as they pleased, but they also had their own space to act crazy and have a good time.
Luckily, reception centers in Utah County are catching on. My nephew had his wedding reception at the Bella Vista reception center in Lindon, UT and they have a small room connected to the main reception room for kids. It was filled with comfy bean bags and they played kids movies during the reception – super smart!
Are there other reception centers in the area that you know have a kid friendly plan in place?