Top tips from leading website on tying the knot with children

This month destination wedding site has surveyed its UK couples database, and found that 40% of those choosing a wedding overseas already have children.


And the site’s wedding planners, based in both long and short haul destinations, typically found that over 5 years, they have seen on average a 17% increase of couples with children or step-children, getting hitched.


Joint Founder Steph Bishop perceives this trend, currently big in the wedding industry, to be especially suited to destination weddings – as couples often will combine their wedding with a family holiday.


Bishop states: “We are seeing couples choose child-friendly resorts more and more often, and sometimes even combine their wedding with a christening event too”.’s Top 10 Tips for Child-Friendly Destination Weddings


1.             Find a resort with a kids club / Crèche


Up to 80% of wedding couples staying at Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece, use the facilities of the kids club and crèche, according to Anna Wohlfart, Wedding Coordinator. And on the actual wedding day, many couples book a babysitter during their evening celebrations – giving them time to enjoy the event, in the knowledge their children are safe and sound.


2.             Consider the weather


For example, it is best to avoid Thailand in the hottest months of April and May – when humidity is at its highest, when marrying with small children. In Southern Europe, avoid the heat of a hot summer’s day, and choose the morning or early evening for the ceremony.


3.             Timings


For long haul destination weddings, try if possible to arrive a week before the actual day, so that kids can acclimatise slowly and get over jet lag.


4.             Water


Make sure children stay hydrated. Include lots of pool and beach time to keep them cool!


5.             Get the children involved


Try to involve children with the ceremony as much as possible, as ring carriers and flower girls.


6.             Food


Arrange a familiar feast for children, speaking to the wedding planner in advance to ensure children have food they will recognise on the day. And don’t forget the seating – wedding planners can also arrange for smaller seats, tables and high-chairs for kids.


7.             Clothing


If children are dressing up; remember that heavy dresses or suits in a hot country can be uncomfortable.


8.             Older Children


Thai wedding planner Creative Events Asia wedding found that this year, 15% of bookings were for couples remarrying, with older children. If taking teenagers away and it is within budget, let them take a friend along for company.


9.             Keepsakes


Angelina Jolie is famously marrying a certain Mr Pitt this year, and reportedly has commissioned individually designed jewellery, for all of her six children – as keepsakes on their special day. Make like Angelina, and buy something a little special for children to give them at the ceremony, that will remind them of the wedding for years to come.


10.          End the night with a bang


Fireworks on the beach and lantern releasing, is always a huge hit with children!


For more information, please visit or visit them on stand A54 at the National Wedding Show, Earls Court, London, 28-30 September 2012.

Confetti live! in Association with Franc Comes to Kilkenny this October

TV sensation Franc is the star of the show at Confetti Live! coming to Kilkenny’s The Hub this October 13th & 14th.

Ireland’s sassiest, classiest wedding fair, Confetti Live! promises to be the most spectacular wedding event for brides and grooms-to-be in the Kilkenny region.

Whether you’re engaged, have just popped the question or are deep in the organisation process, there’ll be something for everyone. Bring your bridesmaids, mum, dad and sisters – there’s something for everyone at Confetti Live!

You can also expect to meet and chat with vendors and discover offers from a whole range of products and service suppliers including venues, food, favours and wine; bridal shops, dresses and grooms suiting; shoes, accessories and beauty; travel, honeymoons and weddings abroad; cars, wedding bands, DJs and soloists plus pre-marriage courses and advice.

Confetti Live! Kilkenny will also feature a number of live audiences with Franc each day, where he will dispense his words of advice and wisdom gleaned from his many years in the planning and organising of stylish, exclusive and exceptional weddings worldwide.

Then relax and watch fantastic catwalk shows, professionally produced and staged, starring models from the Andrea Roche Model Agency, featuring gorgeous gowns available from stockists exhibiting at the show.

Ahead of the event brides-to-be in the Kilkenny area have a fantastic opportunity to avail of discounted tickets to Confetti Live! if they book online before the event.  Just visit to get yours now!