This photo’s making me thirsty! Over the past few years, the use of mason jars for wedding glassware has exploded! These mason jar beer mugs have been showing up at weddings filled with a couple’s favorite craft beers and cocktails. Want to pick up some for your wedding reception? Here you go!
If you’re inviting kids to your wedding, you’ll probably want to keep them entertained, right? If not, they’ll get bored and unless they have something to do they’ll be taking turns trying to sneak icing from your cake on their fingers and play hide and seek underneath your decorated tables.
Their parents are probably keeping a watchful eye, but doesn’t that sound like what you’d do if you were a kid bored at a wedding? Me too. So, let’s change the dynamic. Let’s make it fun for them. Let’s make kids a part of the party. They don’t want to sit through speeches and wait through dinner. They aren’t that interested in dancing, at least not the slow stuff. And they’re all dressed up and their bowties or dresses are uncomfortable and all they want to do is play. So let them! Here are some ways you can keep kids entertained at weddings so they can be a part of the fun (and their parents can enjoy the party all night long). Enjoy!
This might be the cutest thing I’ve ever at a ceremony. Flower girls being pulled on a wagon by the ring bearer? Now that’s adorable.
10 Effortless Ways to Entertain Kids at Weddings
1. Bubble Basket at Ceremony
Provide a basket of bubble jars at your ceremony. It’s fun for all ages (and unlike confetti, it doesn’t leave any cleanup behind). Tiny jars are so inexpensive, too!
2. What Shall I Photograph?
Provide each kid with a disposable camera and a list of things to photograph at the wedding. This will keep them busy (and you’ll have a cute arrangement of photos taken from a child’s view).
3. Life-size Lawn Games
4. Kids Only Area
Make a kids-only area with toys, coloring books, crayons, and blankets.
5. Lego Building
Put legos in a bowl at a kids table and let them go to town!
6. Color a Card
Place these packets at each child’s place that includes crayons, candy, and a card. There’s a note that tells them to ‘color a card for the bride and groom’.
7. Bounce Castle
Kids love bounce castles! Adults, too. :)
8. Milk + Cookies
Have milk and cookies given to kids in lieu of their champagne toast. Cute idea!
9. Candy Bar
Help-yourself favors at a candy bar is the ultimate treat for kids! Don’t forget gummy bears! They’re my favorite.
10. Project Video Games
Use a projector and a screen on a giant white wall to project video games! Wii, Kinect, Guitar Hero… the options are endless! Kids (and pretty much everyone at the wedding) will want to play! This works especially well if there’s a room off to the side at your reception so as to not distract from the goings-on of the reception itself.
Which of these is your favorite? I love the bounce house for summer weddings and I adore the disposable camera / list idea!
Are you having kids at your wedding?
Check out this ecstatic couple jumping the broom at their wedding reception. This fun custom can symbolize a new beginning and a sweeping away of the past. Their reason for jumping the broom was to continue a family tradition. This photograph and wedding was captured by Kelli from Third Line Studios. Do you plan on starting or preserving any traditions at your wedding?
Jumping the Broom
Looking for your wedding photographer? Check out great photographers like Third Line Studios in our list of preferred wedding vendors.
Are you planning a vintage wedding, or better yet, hoping to cross vintage wedding chair decorations from your to-do list? Maybe that’s a bit specific, but when you find a look you would steal yourself you just can’t help but share it.
For instance, when I spotted these pearls, I knew it would make an elegant chair decoration for a vintage wedding. Now, I’m not crazy enough to suggest or even dream of these pearls as chair decorations for every single chair. That just sounds like a headache.
Instead, I think here less is definitely more! Use the pearls as chair decor solely for the bride and groom’s chairs, or even just for the bride. An elegant, satin-ribbon-ensconced chair sounds like the perfect bridal chair adornment. It would look lovely for the bridal shower, too. I just love this.
Pearls as Chair Decorations
The gold Chiavari chairs are a nice touch, no?
photo: andy griffin photography
When I went to a wedding last summer, the funniest thing happened. Every time I went to dance, I came back and my drink was gone. Poof. Not empty… missing. Does this happen to you, too? It’s a common occurrence at wedding receptions where the tables are constantly cleared of glasses and silverware in an attempt to keep things neat and tidy.
I get it, I really do. But honestly. I was only gone a minute!
Anyways, that’s why after I found these, I had to let you in on the secret. Every wedding should have these coasters.
The coasters read—quite brilliantly, might I add—“Please don’t take my drink. I’m dancing”.
Smart. Simple. I like.
Love These Wedding Coasters?
I found them at Evermine where you can order yours in a plethora of pretty colors.
We’re always looking for cute, inspiring ways to make your wedding reception awesome. Case in point? This diy mojito in a jar we spotted over at Company Forty Two. I loved these right away, so I knew you’d probably want to see them, too. I always see the traditional mason jars, but rarely do people use these quilted jelly jars nearly enough. And I don’t know why because they’re so insanely cute.
Plus, they’re a smaller size which makes it easier for filling at drink dispensers.
These custom drink stirrers from Company Forty Two are the finishing touch to a perfect mojito in a jar. And don’t forget those mint leaves + lime wedges as garnish.
Pin this for summer, lovelies: this is one cold drink that will be hot in the spring and summer wedding season.
Mojito in a Jar » Recipe
yields 20 servings
♥ 8 oz. jelly jars
For the base:
♥ 1 cup granulated sugar
♥ 1 cup water
♥ 1 (4-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater (about 1/3 cup packed)
♥ 2 cups tightly packed fresh mint leaves (from about 2 bunches)
♥ 1 (750-milliliter) bottle white rum
♥ 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 18 medium limes)
♥ 2 1/4 cups club soda, chilled
♥ 12 fresh mint sprigs
Make up a batch!
For the base:
1. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water, and ginger to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the mint leaves, stir to combine, and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
2. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a 1-1/2- to 2-quart container and strain the syrup, discarding the solids. Add the rum and lime juice and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
1. For 1 drink, fill an 8-oz jar with ice. Add 1/2 cup of the Mojito base, top with 3 tablespoons of the club soda, and stir to combine. Garnish with a mint sprig.
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(Don’t forget to grab the drink stirrers here!)
Don’t let it fall! This big wedding Jenga photo is terrific. This giant size tumble tower is a hit among party guests for receptions and especially a way to keep all the kids (even the big ones) having fun! The blocks were tumbling just as Tamara from Silver Thumb Photography captured the guests’ reaction. The couple Meghan and John definitely know how to throw a party!
Big Wedding Jenga
And they said, “We must have colorful wedding paper lanterns for our wedding!” We’re digging these bright paper lanterns hanging from the rafters at this wedding reception. If you really want to make your wedding pop, then these might be for you…
Photo by Tanja Lippert Photography.
Colorful Wedding Paper Lanterns
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This spontaneous tie limbo broke out between some friends at a recent wedding reception. You have to love these guys mad skills at busting loose and having fun on the dance floor! Hey, you want your reception to be lively right? So if you have the liquid courage, forget the limbo bar, get creative and limbo under the ties. Kendal from Kendal J. Bush Photography captured this sweet photo!
Spontaneous Tie Limbo
We get it, wedding table numbers might not be your thing. You crave different. You’re searching for something unique. Well, darling, you’ve come to the right place! Wedding table names are more interactive; guests will spark conversation immediately upon entering your reception. In this post, you’ll find the ultimate list of wedding table names so you can incorporate your own personal, heartfelt touches into your handcrafted wedding. Which wedding table names are your favorite? Which ones would you absolutely never pick? What would you add to the list?
Wedding Table Names
1. Significant dates (when you met, when you got engaged, etc.)