Need some help keeping your kids busy while you plan your pandemic wedding? Been stuck inside together a little too much lately… with a million wedding details and venue and guest list changes to think about?
You’re not alone, that’s for sure! With an ongoing trend-shift toward smaller outdoor weddings with close family and friends, and in the spirit of the fall and winter seasons, here are a few kid-friendly, ceremony-inspired crafts to keep the young ones busy as your wedding day approaches!
(If you’re an officiant trying to prepare for fall and winter season, read From Seasonal Masks to Extra Mics, 5 Things Officiants Can Do Right Now to Prepare for Fall and Winter Wedding Ceremonies!)
1. Write a wedding song or poem to share at the ceremony… kid’s poems are a fun and inclusive addition to standard vows!
2. Write and decorate place cards or place mats for socially distanced tables to make guests feel welcome. Having a hand-drawn personalized seating assignment should make up for deferred hugs.
3. Decorate hand sanitizer bottles using Mod Podge or washable glue, construction paper, or markers.
4. Decorate cloth wedding masks with washable markers to create unique keepsakes.
5. Paint pumpkins with the wedding colors, or just freestyle it.
6. Organize welcome baskets or favors, and include mini hand sanitizer to go with those mini champagne bottles and sweet treats.
7. Decorate jam jars for candles or flowers using Mod Podge or washable glue, construction paper, or markers.
8. Make paper cup twinkle lights by poking a small hole in the bottom of a cup with a pencil, to fit over the bulbs of holiday lights .
9. Fold origami cranes, or dinosaurs, or “improvised” creatures of any shape...
10. Stamp envelopes for printed invitations, which can make memorable keepsakes even for guests attending over Zoom.
11. Hole punch fall leaves for an eco-friendly, no-cleanup-required confetti to celebrate your autumnal backyard ceremony.