Invited a host of mini-guests to your celebration? Event planning genius Mark Niemierko shares his tips for keeping toddler tantrums at bay...
#1 Put together two gift bags for each child, filled with lots of seperately wrapped presents, so half their time is taken up with opening them. Create one bag for the ceremony, containing something (quiet) to keep them entertained, such as a bride Barbie but no sweets - or you won't stand a chance of keeping them still!
#2 Have a second bag at the wedding breakfast, filled with fun activities such as nail-painting kits for girls and stick-on moustaches for boys. To mark their places have a slate tile with their names written on and leave some chalk so it doubles as extra entertainment.
#3 For really small children, attending the full day could be too much. At Julia and James Corden's wedding, their son Max had a special place towards the end of the ceremony, where he was mentioned, the chapel doors swung open and he ran down the aisle to his mum and dad. So sweet!
#4 When it comes to kid's outfits, I don't care how big your budget is - think cheap (but still chic, obviously!). Hit the high street and spend the savings elsewhere.
#5 For flowergirls, floral wands or baskets filled with petals are cute, or a mini-version of the bride's bouquet - little girls love these!
#6 If you're having a London wedding, celebrate the city. For international guests, fill their party bags with London-themed gifts, such as royal family facemasks and London transport-themed toys.
#7 Keep everyone together. I'm not a fan of separate rooms for kids - it creates to different parties and you can end up losing over-protective parents from the main party. Instead, have the children in the main room but at a separate kid's table, so their parents can relax.
#8 Make mealtime fun. Serve children two courses and make the desserts interactive, such as ice cream with bowls of colourful toppings.
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