Inviting Kids to Your Wedding

There’s nothing cuter than watching your three-year old niece clumsily spread petals down the aisle or catching cute moments of the toddlers jamming out at your afterparty. Inviting children to your wedding offers lots of opportunities for adorable pictures and special moments with the little ones in your lives.

But let’s be honest, weddings can be long – especially for kids with short attention spans and inviting children to your wedding can become exhausting. On your special day, the last thing you want to worry about is keeping the little ones occupied while you share the special moments with your significant other. You invited your adult guests to your wedding because you appreciate their presence in your life and want to celebrate your special day. Keeping the kids entertained will allow your adult guests to fully enjoy their night without having to tent to the needs of their kids all evening.

Having children in your wedding can be so special, but it’s important to be prepared for the day to go as smoothly as possible!

Planning Ahead

When it comes to inviting children to your wedding, organising entertainment for the reception eases the transition for over-excited, enthusiastic kids with energy to burn!

If you have decided to organise entertainment yourself, you should plan a variety of activities that cater to a range of ages, guaranteed to occupy the group throughout the night. While parents may bring their own activities, preparing ahead ensures you can enjoy the night with the adults whilst the younger crowd are distracted and entertained.

What can you include?

Plan a range of kid-friendly reception games ahead of time. If you have access to an outdoor or large area, think about incorporating outdoor energy-burning games!

Prepare activity packs to hand out. You can include colouring pages, activity sheets, stickers and a set of pencils to keep the kids distracted and quiet during the speeches.

Youngsters have a never-ending store of energy, so use their bounce to your advantage and boogie on the dance floor! Encourage the kids to join you in the ‘YMCA’, ‘Nut Bush’ and chicken dance. You can even plan popular dancing games ahead of time, such as dance freeze and limbo. Who knows, the older guests might even join in the fun!

While you may want to take on everything yourself, we all know that planning a wedding is exhausting, so why add another job to your list? Kid’s entertainment packages are a huge hit at weddings and ensure you can relax and enjoy your special day, knowing all your guests will enjoy the celebrations.

 Why book a kid’s entertainment team?

The Dream & Believe Entertainment team are comprised of experienced, skilled performers ready to ensure your guests enjoy every moment. We take care of the planning and the preparation, taking the stress out of inviting children to your wedding. At Dream & Believe Entertainment, we work toward exceeding expectations so the entertainment will be suited to your age range, group size and the children’s interests. Let our team enchant and occupy the little ones so your adults are free to enjoy the party!

Our Happily Ever After Reception package is completely customizable, with a selection of themed crafts, makeovers, balloon twisting, kid’s karaoke, hair designs, various games, confectionery crafts, colouring packs, movie projector set-ups, and of course, our nap tent for when the little ones get sleepy!

Tips and Tricks

  1. While face painting is always a hit with the kids, be cautious of hiring a face painter for your wedding. White dresses and formal attire tend not to mix well with colourful faces and potential paint on hands, so tread carefully! Balloon twisting and royal makeovers in our wedding package make great alternatives for enjoyable entertainment without the stress of a mess!
  2. Plan your time effectively – Remember that the sugar will eventually wear off, and you will want to plan a relaxing activity to ease the energy. At Dream & Believe Entertainment, we offer movie set-ups with our portable projector, a nap tent for the little ones and calming crafts to allow the kids to slow down without interrupting the midnight festivities for the older guests!
  3. Adults will often want to be part of the fun and they too can partake in the entertainment! Most packages will allow, if not encourage, adults to join in on games and dancing. Ask your entertainment team if activities and crafts extend to adults, most partygoers appreciate a decorative flower hat or a sword to battle the kids!

At Dream and Believe Entertainment, we ensure every guest looks back upon your special day with magical memories. We prove that with a sprinkle of fairy dust, a wish upon a star and a call to us, dreams really do come true! We look forward to creating your magical moment!

 

Monique O’Brien |
Dream & Believe Entertainment

Dream & Believe Entertainment is a children’s entertainment company dedicated to providing quality characters for a range of events. With our extensive range of party packages, including princesses, mermaids, fairies, superheroes, pampering, face painting, balloon twisting, sparkles and more, we know that we can find the perfect package for you! We believe in the importance of dreaming big, believing in the impossible and spreading magic throughout the world. At Dream and Believe Entertainment, we prove that with a sprinkle of fairy dust, a wish upon a star and a call to us, dreams really do come true! 

Setting Your Floral Budget

Guest Blog

By Jane Goldfinch

One of the hardest things to gauge with wedding planning is how much of your budget you should set aside for different aspects of the big day. So let’s discuss a few things about budgeting for your wedding day florals.

Setting a budget for your florals from the beginning of wedding planning is helpful so that you can manage your budget around this variable expense. Florals are a variable expense because the day can go on without them (although it would be pretty sad!) and because you can scale this budget to a different size without ruining the quality.

That being said, the reason your floral budget is something you should figure out at the start of wedding planning is because they play a role in almost every moment of your wedding day journey, and if you know you want lots of florals, you need to take this into account when planning your wedding style and all the decor. It’s not an expense that can get tacked on at the end.

I find that $4,000 typically covers an average-sized bridal party, simple reception centrepieces, and a few other pieces of decor like a sign-in table arrangement, ceremony arrangement, cake flowers, or welcome sign flowers. Adding on installations such as a ceremony arch, aisle flowers, backdrop for pictures, mantlepiece arrangement, etc will make the price jump because these items are typically large in size and need to be designed on-site.

These are good things to take into consideration as you’re planning your budget because you can make adjustments as needed simply by changing up your plan for the decor.

Imagine standing next to your partner on your wedding day preparing to declare that you’ll spend the rest of your lives together. Pretty amazing, isn’t it? Well, imagine doing that surrounded by stunning and lush blooms.

The impact an installation has on the presentation of an event is absolutely worth the cost, as it makes a statement in all the photos, welcomes your guests, and is more likely to be remembered and treasured as a part of your big day than the boutonnieres.

Looking for an easy way to save on your floral budget, rather than cutting things out? We suggest mixing and matching your centrepieces. You can design half of your tables with full or tall floral arrangements and do something simpler (and more budget-friendly!) for the other spaces.

A cluster of candles with greenery around the base, or 3-5 bud vases with single stem flowers, will be much more cost-effective and still take up space and make an impact. I also love mixing two different types of centrepieces because it adds depth to the decor and intrigue for your guests.

If you love greenery running down banquet tables or serving tables but don’t have the budget for full garlands, consider using loose greens instead. Loose greens require a minimal number of stems, much less labour, and will give you a light and airy look that still covers the tables! We’ve got plenty of ideas on the subject and would be happy to discuss your vision!

Another way you can save money on your floral budget is to repurpose some of the wedding day florals – but this should be done carefully, as often the florals don’t work as well beyond their intended design. For example, you can turn your bridesmaid bouquets into centrepieces at the reception after wedding ceremony photos are completed. This only works if the bouquets are a bit larger and the centrepiece vases are chosen intentionally.

You can also repurpose archways and urn arrangements after the ceremony by moving them to surround the wedding cake, head table, or using the florals to make an additional backdrop at the reception! Once again choosing the right styling and vessel is key.

Lastly, remember every florist prices their creativity differently and it comes down to one of the most important pieces of advice I offer to couples searching for their wedding florist – choose someone you feel comfortable with. Choose the one whose work you love and makes you CATCH your breath. NOT just whoever is the cheapest. Place your trust in their creativity and the magic will happen.

Have any more questions about floral budgets? Reach out to us to discuss your wedding plans and floral budget and see what sort of magic we can create for you!

P.S. Keep your floral styling true to yourself, your personality, and your love story. It will make all the difference!

Jane Goldfinch
Principal Stylist – Couture Botanical 

7 Mistakes Couples Make That Ruin Their Budget

Guest Blog

By Alex Morrison

Congratulations! You’re getting married and you couldn’t be happier. It’s the day you’ve been waiting for practically all your life. You simply can’t wait to start planning your wedding with your significant other. Before you go overboard though, there’s one important factor not to overlook – your budget.  

A large part of any wedding involves budgeting. In fact, it will affect every decision you make from the venue you choose all the way down to the vendors you work with. It’s all too easy for costs to spiral out of control if you don’t keep a close eye on your spending. The good news is you can avoid some of the most common budgeting pitfalls with our help. 

Here we’ll look at common mistakes that many couples make with their wedding budget. 

Not Doing Your Research 

There’s nothing wrong with creating estimates. It gives you a better idea of what to expect and how much to allocate. But creating estimates without doing proper research can lead you to greatly underestimate the actual costs involved. Instead, contact multiple venues and vendors to come up with more accurate quotes. 

Not Tracking Expenses 

It’s important to establish a clear system for tracking your expenses even if it’s jotting them down in a notebook or an Excel spreadsheet. There are also a number of mobile apps you can download that allow you to instantly track wedding costs. That way you have a much clearer picture of exactly how much you’re spending on the wedding.  

Choosing the First Vendor 

Weddings are a huge source of revenue for many vendors. Some may try to get you to sign an agreement the same day to lock you into a contract. Never commit to the first vendor you get in touch with even if you think you’re getting a good deal. If a vendor is rather aggressive in getting you to sign a contract, it’s best to move on. 

Not Accounting for Miscellaneous Expenses 

Even once you finalise prices with your vendors, there will likely be other costs involved. Some examples might include cleaning fees or additional prints. An additional $10 here and there may not seem like much. But these expenses can really add up. Set aside at least 5% of your budget for miscellaneous expenses to allow some breathing room. Investing in a high interest online savings account can help you reach your savings budget sooner and allow you a little more legroom to pay for any added or extra expenses. 

Not Prioritising 

Prioritising items on a budget is incredibly important. That way you can allocate more funds for the things that matter most to you instead of having to make sacrifices at a later stage. Sit down with your partner and make a list of the top priorities. Then you’ll be in a better position to make key decisions when it comes to deciding on which vendors you can splurge on and which ones you can potentially cut out. 

Not Controlling the Guest List 

In a perfect world, all your friends, family, and acquaintances would attend your wedding. Unfortunately, the number of guests that attend will have a significant impact on your budget. Make sure to finalise your guest list as early as possible. Don’t be afraid to limit plus one invites either as extending that option to everyone may not be financially feasible. 

Making Impulse Decisions 

It happens to all of us – you see something that you just have to have. No exceptions. So you end up buying it right there without hesitation. No matter how seemingly minor an expense is, take a moment to consider whether it’s a meaningful purchase and if it’s something you actually need. Bring in your partner to discuss the purchase before you make a final decision. 

Sticking to a budget can be hard. You probably want to spare no expenses but the last thing you want is to start off the marriage in deep financial debt. Watching out for common pitfalls as described here can help keep you within your budget and still have a blast on your big day. 

Author’s Bio  

Alex Morrison has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in depth understanding of many different industries including carpet cleaning, financial support and health care. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.