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How to entertain children at your wedding with Wicked Uncle

When it comes to having children at your wedding, it is always something to consider. Should we invite them, should we only have nieces and nephews, do we just have our own children or invite them all?

When I got married our son was 15 months old and safe to say he was a nightmare throughout the the ceremony. My Aunty was kind enough to take him outside so people to hear our vowels. We had a few children at our wedding and I had made little party bags for each of them, we also had a couple of outdoor games in the garden for them and the adults to play with.

This year we have been to three weddings, our children were invited to two of them. The first wedding was for our good friends Nicky and Emma we didn’t have any issues with taking then children, as my God children were also invited, and the eldest just happens to be one of my son’s best friends so we knew the children would be entertained with each other. We took along their iPads, books and some toys for the little ones.

The second wedding was for my childhood best friend Vanessa, now she had lots of children invited, and went all out to ensure they were really well catered for. A marque with a couple of girls from the local nursery on hand to help with the children. The marque was packed full of craft items, drinks, out door games, so many things to keep the children entertained while the adults were able to enjoy the day.

The third they were not invited to and my Hubby was best man, which meant that we could both really enjoy the day without having to worry about them. It was a stunning lakeside wedding, so if they had of been there I would have spend the day panicking about them going into the lake.

How to entertain children at your wedding..

There are lots of different ways, like my friend, having a set area just for the children is a fabulous idea, but often venues do not have the space for this. So I love the idea of giving children a small bottle of bubbles to keep them entertained while wedding photos are being taken, along with some larger garden games.  For me as a parent it’s keeping the children entertained during the wedding breakfast and speeches, which can last a couple of hours is that hardest part. I find even though I take a range of items with me, they seem to get bored of their own toys and games, so having a gift or a package at the table that is personalised to each child’s age and their likes works a treat. Each child has something new and exciting to play with.

Wicked Uncle offer a wide variety of toys and gifts that would be perfect table toys to keep children entertained during your wedding breakfast and speeches, it also means they get to take something nice home with them and gives their parents time to enjoy their meal and the speeches.

Have a look at my top picks from Wicked Uncle.

Wicked Uncle offer so many cool ideas for keeping the little darlings entertained, they offer different items for different age ranges, crafty items, games, quiz boxes, little torches, things to build, note books and crayons. Whatever you are looking for you will find with at Wicked Uncle.

Have you thought about how to entertain children at your wedding?

*This post was made in collaboration with Wicked Uncle. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

9 Wedding items that should be on your check lists….

Weddings are one of the biggest purchases that you are ever likely to invest in during the course of your life. Ideally, you’ll have just the one of these, so it’s fairly traditional to want to go all out and have the most amazing, unforgettable day. As with anything, some items for your big day will be available to you based on your budget. Things like ice sculptures in the shape of swans and champagne fountains may be a little out of your reach if you’re on a tighter budget. When you plan your wedding, you need to work out the things that you want for your big day according to the final budget that you have available.

Planning a wedding can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a wedding planner on hand to remind you about your save the dates and wedding invitations. You don’t want to fall at the final hurdle and realise on the morning of your wedding day that you’ve forgotten a crucial detail. Even the smallest wedding detail can feel like a big deal when it’s been forgotten about. The stress, excitement and sheer tension of getting ready for a wedding is enough to make any bride forget something rather important. So, we’ve put together a list of things you must have on your wedding day that you must not forget!

Car ribbon

You’ve likely spent money on a set of beautiful cars to transport your wedding party from the church to the reception venue. You’ve also got the car to take the bride to the church with her bridal party and a car for the groom and his groomsmen. The chances are that you may have to provide your own wedding car ribbon. The company that you use may be happy to provide this, but it’s not something you should rely on. Check out the local stationers and check with your car company whether ribbon is provided before you spend!

Cash

Okay, you may be the bride, but your groom is wearing a suit with inside pockets in the jacket. You may not have opted for a cash bar, and you may not even need to spend any money on your wedding day. However, having a small purse of cash ready as a just in case is a smart idea!

Point person

Your maid of honour or best man may already have this covered, but if you haven’t properly allocated someone to hold onto phone numbers for the caterers, the band, the reception venue etc, then you need to get that done. Having someone to coordinate for you if you haven’t hired a proper wedding planner is a smart idea; delegating to someone else saves your stress on the big day itself.

Supplier meals

You’ve paid a lot of money for a photographer and likely a videographer too, so it makes sense that you should inform your caterer that you would like them to have a meal with you all. It doesn’t sound like something anyone should forget, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t add on the extra, believing that the suppliers should be taking care of themselves. It may not be in their contract with you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t offer and be a little polite with it.

Spare shoes/outfit

One of the worst things to cope with is blisters from new shoes. Not only do they rub on your feet, but they make you feel like you cannot physically walk. Those bridal shoes you picked for your ceremony are beautiful, but are so, not practical for dancing. Bring a white string bag such as this one and add some dolly shoes or flats that are suitable for dancing the night away. If your dress is a large meringue or corseted, you may find yourself quite uncomfortable as the day goes on. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a second dress for the evening if you want to dance more freely.

Sewing box

When you’re getting ready for your wedding, you have plenty of chances to visit a tailor and get your dress sized and ready for the day. This doesn’t mean you won’t run into problems on the day, though. Having a small travel sewing box with you on the day is going to be a life saver if you or your bridal party have a dress emergency and need pinning. Safety pins are a must in your sewing box, so don’t forget to add those.

Makeup touch-up bag

Hopefully, your makeup artist has done an amazing job with a face of makeup to last you all day long. Just in case, have a small pouch with the best makeup you have to touch up your face during the day. This is especially handy if the speeches have made you cry happy tears, or if you find you’ve smeared your lipstick on your champagne glass.

Signage

A lot of your guests may be driving to your wedding venue from the church, especially if your budget hasn’t stretched to include transport from the church. Get your groom to head out along the route from the church to the reception venue armed with signage to tack to trees and lampposts along the way so that your guests don’t get lost. This is especially important if you have remembered to put in a map with your wedding invites.

Bar décor

Whether you have an open bar or not, it’s likely going to get visited a lot throughout the day. Make it look beautiful and decorate it along with the venue room the night before the wedding. It’ll look inviting and your venue will be pleased with the money spent.

Your wedding day needs to go off with as little stress as possible, don’t let yourself get out of control by forgetting the must-haves that your day will benefit from. By taking your time and getting a word of advice from your bridal party, you can have a day to remember.

Wedding photography Instagram accounts to follow for instant inspiration!


Wedding photography that will give you instant inspiration for your big day!

We’re all guilty of trawling through Instagram’s #wedding feed just to find something – anything – that sparks interest. For a bride-to-be there’s nothing more satisfying than an Instagram account brimming with the best wedding inspiration. That’s why, just for you, I thought I’d share my personal favourites.

Promoting a business on Instagram provides the opportunity to access a community of over 1 billion users.” – says Paul at websitepromoter.co.uk

From top wedding planners to wedding photographers, everyone is using Instagram to promote their business. You find brands that specialise in creative cakes, venues, flowers and the most wonderful wedding dresses we ever did see, these are the best accounts to follow now. I teamed up with social media marketing agency, Bigfoot Digital, who work with wedding photographers to ensure their Insta’s are nothing less than spectacular, to bring you our list of need-to-know wedding accounts:    

1) Ava Rose Hamilton

Image:- Ava Rose Hamiliton

Step right into the world of dream wedding dress shopping. This bridal boutique based in Yorkshire and Lancashire has some of the most stunning wedding dresses we’ve ever seen. Their Instagram account does not disappoint either with a spectacular selection of bridal dresses, with every possible style on show. From delicate embroidery, glittering gowns and contrasting lace, these dresses are the definition of chic detail.

2) ILTO Photography

Image:- ILTO Photography


Leeds wedding photographer, ILTO Photography, are a little different from your run-of-the-mill wedding photographer. They pride themselves on capturing every emotion of your wedding day, from the anticipation of the vows to the excitement of enjoying the day with your friends and family. If you are looking for wedding pictures that are unique, and will leave you smiling for years to come, give these guys a call. 

Image:- ILTO Photography

3) Perfect Wedding Magazine

Perfect Wedding Magazine
Image:- Perfect Wedding Magazine

Create your dream day with help from Perfect Wedding Magazine. The UK’s best-selling wedding magazine posts some of the most perfect pictures of cakes, dresses and venues – these posts are filled with humour that will leave you in stitches as you plan for your wedding. The perfect, pocket wedding guide.

4) Cakes by Krishanthi

Cakes By Krishanthi
Image:- Cakes By Krishanthi


If you’re looking for a wedding cake that stands out from the crowd, this wedding cake company is the one for you. They specialise in beautifully crafted designs that are executed to perfection with every detail considered.

5) Not on The High Street

Image:- Not On The High Stree

Not wedding-specific, but one to consider when looking for personalised wedding day décor and gifts. From intricate table decorations to bunting and banners, you’ll find lots of ways to glam up your venue. 

Finally, this wouldn’t be a wedding post without a cheeky mention of my wedding inspiration blog. I like to think my blog has a little bit of everything for those looking for serious wedding inspiration – venues, dresses, cakes, themes, honeymoons, bridesmaids and stationary. That’s almost everything you need to cover for your big day, and if you there’s anything I’ve missed or that you’d love me to cover, then please do get in touch.

*This post was made in collabortaion with Big Foot Digital.*