Wedding Wednesday: Childrens Room at the Reception
(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?
We didn’t have a children’s room per say, but I did hold my reception in a barn. The entire loft area was filled with entertaining things for the little ones to do. One side of the loft was geared towards the younger kids (coloring books, blocks, legos, etc.) and the other side was for the older ones (video games, separate music and speakers, and even a little photo taking area where the older girls had a blast doing a photo shoot.) My nephew told me that they had a blast up there and they were even away from the stingy adults. I think that kind of reception suited everyone better because friend’s were able to stay longer and their children were having their own fun.
That is such a great picture of our family. I love all the nieces and nephews and all the wierd expressions.