Dealing With Children at a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

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Keeping children in the wedding party busy can help fight the expected boredom they may experience during a rehearsal dinner. This is a page about dealing with children at a wedding rehearsal dinner.
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January 26, 2006

Rehearsal dinners can be a boring affair for children in the wedding; at my son's wedding rehearsal dinner in our Hospitality Room at our church, I designed a child's table for the four children in the wedding.

I had paper place mats made for each child with their name on it, along with the bride, groom's names, date of wedding. Placing on the table, I put a box of crayons on the placemat; the children colored a picture and they could present it to the bride and groom or keep it as a keepsake of the wedding.

The centerpiece was a large Ice Cream Sundae Bouquet which was in a large Coca-Cola glass; it was placed on a 45RPM record bowl I made. Around the centerpiece I scattered flat pieces of bubblegum. (The adult tables had marbles scattered around the center of the table around the centerpiece)

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At each child's table setting was a small version of the large centerpiece as a favor for each child. Regular dinner plates, glassware and silverware were used for the children.

On the back of each child's chair was a large sand bucket filled with candy, gum, small games, coloring book, crayons and small toys; it was tied to the back of each child's chair with a satin ribbon of the wedding colors; their names were written on the sand buckets with a metallic paint pen. The contents of the bucket were enjoyed while the adults were involved in their presentation of bride and groom, devotion.

The children's parent's table was close to the children's table so the children could be attended to if necessary. The meal was a buffet. The child's table was near the door closest to the nearest restroom for availability for parents to take a child to the restroom.
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It was a fun time for the children and they didn't get bored; yet the elegance of the evening was not compromised because of the children's table.

By WandaJo from Tennessee

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