Colour Palettes // Seafoam

//Seafoam//

Ok, I admit I do have a bit of a Pinterest obsession, and lately I have really been enjoying creating colour palettes and moodboards. While styling weddings is my passion, I get most of my inspiration from every day objects, colours, prints, and designs. It is lovely to see colour used in a variety of ways, and is often a helpful way to see what colours complement each other. Hopefully I’m going to make this a weekly series, so if you would like to see more, let me know what colours you’d like me to feature, in the comments below.

Seafoam is a beautiful and luxurious ‘cool’ tone and would be a gorgeous base for a costal wedding, or something ultra modern and minimalistic. What do you think?

Seafoam colour palettes showing all different kinds of images with this shade, showing people how to style their wedding in this colour

For the photo credits, and more seafoam-inspired images – please take a look at my Pinterest board here or follow me on Pinterest for more colourful inspo @alexandriaev

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Kids At Weddings

One of the big questions that couples face when planning their wedding is whether or not to invite children. It is a really personal decision, and a number of factors can come into play, such as the type of venue, guest numbers, and of course, budget. However, if you do decide to include little ones on your big day, here are a few ways to entertain them:

Pink and Yellow Candy Floss on wooden sticks, placed in clear glasses on a white tray, on a pink table. Ideal for children at a wedding. Alexandria Events, Alexandria Schiefner, bespoke wedding planner in Surrey, Hampshire, and London

Image from Weddingful

Give them a job

The most obvious was to get kids involved in your wedding day is to give them a role. The traditional choice, is to ask them to be Flower Girls or Page Boys, but even if this isn’t your cup of tea – it can be as simple as helping to give out Orders of Service or bags of confetti at the church, or even doing a reading if they are old and confident enough. Later on in the day, they can even be given ‘made up jobs’ like ‘being the best dancer’ or ‘making sure that they have the biggest smile on the photos’. 

Two Flowergirls and one Page Boy dressed in Little Bevan outfits. The girls are wearing traditional ivory dresses, one with a pink sash and the other with pale green. The little boy is wearing traditional clothing, including a pair of green sailor shorts, an ivory Mandarin shirt, and a pair of patent black buckle shoes. Alexandria Events, Alexandria Schiefner, bespoke wedding planner in Surrey, Hampshire, and London

Image from Little Bevan

Cameras and a ‘shots list’

A great idea, is to put a disposable camera on each of the children’s place settings along with a list of images you want them to capture, like ‘people kissing’ or ‘someone laughing’. Not only will it keep them busy, it will also provide you with a host of wedding images from a ‘kids eye view’.

Little boy wearing a casual linen waistcoat and trousers, with a polaroid camera at a weddiing. Wearing a sign around his neck saying 'Mini Official Photographer'  Image found on Rock My Wedding Alexandria Events, Alexandria Schiefner, bespoke wedding planner in Surrey, Hampshire, and London

Image from Rock My Wedding

Child friendly food

The main time when the parents really appreciate a bit of peace and quiet at a wedding, is while they sit down to eat. Therefore, it is important to put some thought into what you feed the little ones, just as you have for your grown up guests. Kids definitely eat with their eyes, so ask your caterers to make a fun menu for them that is visually appealing. Lots of little bites and treats may be a better option than a full meal, and hopefully the variety will mean that even the pickiest of eaters will find something they like.

Lots of child-friendly wedding food, including fries and tomato ketchup in shot glasses, milk and cookies,  mini hot dogs with ketchup and mustard, , chocolate milkshakes with stripy straws, sliders, mini burgers, pancake stacks with blueberries,  and tomato soup and grilled cheese Alexandria Events, Alexandria Schiefner, bespoke wedding planner in Surrey, Hampshire, and London

Image from Indulgy

Decorate their table

I always think it is nicer to give children their own table, rather than seat them with their parents. Everyone wins – mums and dads get to enjoy ‘grown up time’, and kids get to have fun and feel rather grown up. Obviously there might be some children who are too young for this, but you can always ask their parents what they think. This also gives you the opportunity to get creative with the kids table. There are lots of ways to make it look special without foregoing your overall colour scheme. Bubblegum Balloons are beautiful and fun at the same time, – and don’t have to be confined to the kid’s area! You can scatter the table with sequins and glitter, leave little present parcels on each seat with crayons, sweeties, and activity books (there are even some available free of charge online these days).

Children's activity books and crayons in multicolours for weddings. Little boxes with pencils, sweets and toys. Alexandria Events, Alexandria Schiefner, bespoke wedding planner in Surrey, Hampshire, and London

Image from Ruffled Blog

Toys and Games

Kids like fun, and fun means toys. If you’re holding part of your reception outside, you can hire giant garden games like Connect Four and Ring Toss that will be appealing to both children and adults alike. For later on in the day, you can buy little ‘party bag’ toys and games to put on the kids table (as mentioned above), they don’t have to be expensive and can best be found in 99p shops or similar.

Rustic Pink Ring Toss in a whitewashed crate for fun and games at a wedding. Alexandria Events, Alexandria Schiefner, bespoke wedding planner in Surrey, Hampshire, and London

Image from Huffington Post

Children’s Entertainers

There are lots of people that you can call upon to come and entertain the kids, from magicians, to caricaturists, to people dressed up as their favourite Disney characters. While this might be pricier than a packet of crayons and some colouring in books, if you have a large number of children attending, it might be worth it.

Multicoloured stripy Hula Hoops laid on grass. Alexandria Events, Alexandria Schiefner, bespoke wedding planner in Surrey, Hampshire, and London

Image from Style Me Pretty

A chill out area just for kids

Lets face it – weddings can be tiring for adults, never mind children! We’ve all got to the end of a fantastic day, kicked our shoes off, and sunk into bed. Little ones can feel the urge to curl up and snooze far earlier in the evening, so if you can, create a ‘chill out zone’ for them to cuddle up and calm down. This is sometimes easier when you have a marquee wedding at home, as you can dedicate a lounge inside the house, as a ‘kids area’ where you can stick on a DVD, or even put up a little tipi or tent in the garden. This can be trickier when you have hired out a venue but there may be ways that you can work around this so it is worthwhile chatting to your venue co-ordinator to see what they can accommodate.

Mini Rustic Tipi for children at a wedding with lots of cushions and  boxes of cosy blankets, and bunting. Alexandria Events, Alexandria Schiefner, bespoke wedding planner in Surrey, Hampshire, and London

Image from Mokkasin

For more ‘Kids at Weddings’ inspiration – head to our Pinterest board Kids At Weddings.

Thanks for reading, hope this has given you some child-friendly wedding inspiration! Would love to hear what you think in the comments section below 🙂 

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