Its an age old question – Do I have children at my wedding ?
Whilst angelic voices can be distracting to some, it can be seen to be endearing to others.
You have spent many hours of planning to make this day the most special of your life so it is important to consider the little ones, because all those finely tuned details you have pored over can seem tedious and boring to a child that is used to running around.
It is not the nature of a child to sit still and quiet during the the important bits ie. the ceremony and the wedding breakfast so it is essential that little minds are stimulated.
Consider having some childrens entertainment like a craft workshop.
Amrit Bedi runs The Creation Station in Glasgow. She offers interactive, creative and innovative workshops for kids , where they learn new and unique skills in a fun filled environment, and can come to your Event to ensure the little ones have their own arty party and a great time.
As does Katie Rand of the Crafty Party, a mobile service that will come to your wedding venue. They will arrive with all of the materials, equipment, and expert tuition.
Something a wee bit different but really enjoyable for the kids too is Sand Art such as is provide by KidsBeeHappy
Another option is to have a Magician or a Clown, or to hire a mobile creche such as Safehands for the day.
A fabulous entertainment option is a bouncy castle which a lot of the time, the adults like to play on too. Lawn games are also great if good weather prevails.
Party bags with some age appropriate toys, colouring books and crayons can be a really great idea.
For these consider Lifes a Celebration or make up your own with pocket money toys and magazines etc. making it a bit more personalised to each child.
Bubbles always go down a storm with kids too.
Its best to be completely clear from the outset what sort of celebration you are having, whether it is children inclusive or an adults only affair.
Not inviting children can sometimes be a bit of a minefield as it can bring up the issues of child care for guests that are parents.
However on the flip side, sometimes parents are glad of some personal time.
From a personal point of view, I had a few children on my day, the guest of honour being my 5 day old nephew, and I think it can add something a little bit more special to proceedings.
It can be really funny to hear little voices piping up at inappropriate times, or see little pageboys rolling about in grass with their crisp white shirts.
However it is the day that you have waited for all your life so any decision is an individual one, and something that you are comfortable with.