Wedding invitations gently requesting “adults only” can be popular in some regions, but they are not always the norm for destination weddings. In fact, these days, children are often welcomed and families travel together. Help your guests of all ages make the most of your destination wedding by giving extra thought to the little touches that will make their experience incredible.
Our favorite tips include:
1. Venue Shopping
If you intend to include children in your celebration, confirm that your venue is prepared and willing to accommodate them. Are you selecting an adult access-only resort or one that permits children and has special facilities for their use? Some well-known properties are exclusively for adults, but may permit children to attend ceremonies and have a family-friendly partner resort nearby. Check with your destination wedding consultant and be certain you know your property’s policies and options.
There is also an increase in the number of hotels and resorts that cater to families of all shapes and sizes. Kid-friendly activities and excursions are in abundance, along with tailored menus, children’s parks and even a cameo or two from favorite characters.
2. Communicate- Early and Often
Your youngest guests will look to you to guide how much they participate and in your events, so prepare them (and their parents) in advance, sending any details that impact them as early in the planning process as possible. An itinerary of wedding events, and clear expectations concerning who should attend each one will help parents make the appropriate plans. Also, if you do plan to invite children to some events but not to others, investigate childcare options and share them with your guests.
3. Wedding Day Activities
How can you ensure that children have a great time during your destination wedding? Consider having a kids’ activity table with picture books, wedding-themed coloring books, crayons, and bubbles. Kid-friendly menus are always an appreciated touch- and don’t forget the non-breakable cups and plates that are meant to handle the added wear and tear. If you are planning to bring them with you from home, check with your airline first to ensure that you adhere to the appropriate regulations.
4. Excursions for the Whole Family
As many guests stay for several days when attending a wedding, consider arranging excursions that are family-friendly for all of your guests. Organize a sports tournament or relay race, or enroll your whole guest list in snorkeling lessons. Hire a guide to escort you through a famous museum, or to unique points of interest. Ask your destination wedding specialist for suggestions that guests of all ages will enjoy.
The happier your littlest wedding guests are, the happier their parents and grandparents will be. Create a magical experience for everyone by planning something special to keep children in your party engaged and entertained. The investment you make in their happiness is sure to be returned to you in the memories of your dream celebration!
Megan Velez is the Vice President of Product at Destination Wedding Travel Group, the world’s leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. Destination Wedding Travel Group, which encompasses GayDestinationWeddings.com, DestinationWeddings.com and LuxuriousDestinationWeddings.com, has worked with over 20,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings around the world. For more information, visit DestinationWeddings.com.