Are you inviting children to your wedding?
It’s a personal choice, but Kirsty Mattsson shares with us the joy it can bring to your big day.
There’s often a question asked of couples compiling their guest lists: are you inviting children to your wedding?
Sometimes, couples choose not to have children as part of their big day. For some brides and grooms, an adult-focussed day is their aim: their chosen venue may not be child friendly, or they may decide not to take the risk of having a baby crying in the middle of the vows or speeches. That’s absolutely fine: every wedding day is personal.
However, children may be a huge part of your life. Perhaps your son is the page boy, and your daughter the flower girl? Nieces may be bridesmaids, and you can’t miss out on seeing your nephew or godson in a cute little tie! For a family occasion, children can bring joy and delight to weddings.
No-one agrees with this more than the talented Kirsty Mattsson of Kirsty Mattsson Photography, who’s been kind enough to share her images of children at weddings here with us on the WeddingHour blog.
Kirsty says: ‘As the photographer…I have to say that, when there are some cute little ones running around, I’m in danger of ignoring the Bride & Groom! I can’t resist them! I just love the entertainment value that they bring, the spontaneity and, usually, the willingness to have the most fun photos taken! I could honestly photograph them for hours! Having them there does add a certain magic to the atmosphere, brings an extra sense of fun to the day and is, of course, an opportunity for lots and lots of cute images.’
You can certainly see the joy that Kirsty has expertly captured with the images she’d shared with us here. Who can resist these smiling faces?
Kirsty recognises that many couples may be unsure how best to include children in their big day. Luckily, as a professional, she’s able to offer some experienced advice. Kirsty knows that having children at your wedding doesn’t need to be too difficult. She advises: ‘If you are planning to have a few children at your wedding, there are many ideas for making the process run a lot smoother. Children love goodie bags, and they cost very little to make: add little gifts, beads, colouring books, crayons, and paper cards. Arrange a party props area, so kids can dress up and take pictures with disposable cameras; this keeps them happy, and occupied! You could also set up a separate craft area, where children can make things to do with the wedding. If you are going to have quite a few children, and the reception allows it, outdoor games can be great fun: such as a bouncy castle, croquet, or mini-golf. You could can also consider hiring an entertainer or a magician, or organise a babysitter to look after all the kids for the day. Oh, and don’t forget to bring some bubble bottles or bubble tubes to your wedding – these are fantastic for photographs!
Of course, all images we’ve included in this blog are courtesy of Kirsty, and we’d like to thank her for sharing her stunning photography with us. Kirsty says: ‘I’ve been lucky enough to photograph a few fabulous weddings lately with lots of lovely children, who all brought their own special charm to the day.’
Kirsty is one of The Wedding Affair’s approved suppliers, so you may have met her at one of our fairs and seen her exceptional work for yourself. If not, pop over to her website and drop her a line to see how she can bring out the family joy in your big day.