The first detail to consider is hiring a babysitter or two...or three during the dinner and/or the reception. Especially if you have several children attending, be sure to provide the appropriate amount of supervision that will help you and parents feel comfortable. Also provide attendants with first aid kits, cleansing wipes and plenty of caffeine!
Provide entertainment. Like we said, kids are all about having fun. Many venues can accommodate an extra space for kids. You can set up a coloring stations, have games or puzzles on hand and even put on a kid-friendly movie. If you plan ahead, each child can have an activity bag ready for them complete with their name, so they feel a part of the fun too. If your venue cannot provide a separate space, set up a kids' table. This is actually a fun opportunity to add a little more whimsy and creativity geared more toward the littlest and cutest guests. Have the attendants you hired be prepared to help with activities and food.
Kids get hungry easily....which can quickly escalate into "hangry" behavior. Before you know it, a previously happy child can morph into an unrecognizable creature with lots to say about how they really feel about being at your wedding! Don't take it personally, just be prepared. Make small snack bags that parents can hang on to if and when their child needs a little pick me up.
Let them eat cake and let them dance! Desserts and dancing are the best part of the wedding for kids. Once they've been filled with sugar, let those cute kiddos dance off that sugar rush so they can crash for mom and dad as soon as they get back home.
If you are considering sharing your special day with kids, be prepared and everything will go smoothly...