We knew there would be lots of little ones in attendance at my daughter’s wedding. She really wanted to include them, but we were a little worried they might get bored. We bounced around ideas like some yard games, but they really couldn’t do that during the ceremony. We found a couple of cute kids’ coloring books for weddings on Pinterest, and once we decided to seat everyone at tables for the ceremony, we knew that would be a perfect way to keep the young crowd entertained.
My talented niece Keely drew the photo for the front to represent Codi and John. I love the way it turned out!
I made a word search using wedding and Codi and John-specific words for the first page on the inside, using this website from Discovery. I probably should have used fewer words because the letters were pretty small, but I figured it would be a good challenge for the slightly older kids.
The next page was just a simple cupcake outline, since that’s what we were serving at the reception, that could be decorated however the artist chose.
Following the cupcake was my favorite page, Wedding Guest Bingo. I was kinda busy at the reception, so I don’t know how the kids did on this, but it was fun to make.
The Wedding Mad Libs was a tricky one, because you don’t want the participant to see where the words are going when they choose them. I went with a brief description and lines for the words on one page…
…and the Mad Lib itself to fill in on the next.
I found this fun website that has mazes for all the letters of the alphabet in both upper and lowercase, so I chose an S for the newlyweds’ last name. I also added their little heads to show the start and finish points.
The back of the book had a spot for the artist to write his or her name, but I was stumped for a while on what else to add there. It finally occurred to me it would be fun to decorate the getaway car! They were taking my daughter’s Kia Soul, so I found a photo and traced it to create the cartoon car.
It would have been easy enough to just lay these on the tables, but we really wanted to take it a step farther. We put each book in a yellow bag and added a box of crayons, a small lollipop and a couple of glow stick bracelets for when it got dark later. I made labels with each kid’s name on them and a second label for the bottom with their table number so whoever put them out would know where each one should go.
It was kind of nice to have that pop of yellow scattered around on the tables.
These bags were a big hit with the kids at the wedding, and none of them were left behind afterward. I’m pretty sure those coloring books saved a parent or two’s sanity, if only for a few minutes!