Make your youngest guests feel welcome with a kids-only dance

Updated Jul 11 2019
Photo by Anna Earl

Planning on having a plethora of kiddos at your wedding? You may have contemplated creating activity books or offering coloring placemats during the cocktail hour. Show your youngest guests another perk of being at your wedding with a kids-only dance during the reception!

Dana and Sheldon (who totally made their own dance floor) set aside a song or two at their Oklahoma wedding for kids to bust a move without running into knees or getting stomped on by heels. I personally like the idea of Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," or maybe something super positive like Katy Perry's "Roar."

Imagine it: the kids are all excited for their very own special song to dance to. It's up to you… what music starts playing?

  1. In regards to song choice, "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"…

    have you ever actually listened to the lyrics? It's one of my favorite songs but perhaps not the most child-friendly of subject matters, regardless of the schoolyard involved. Of course, you could just follow it up with Cecilia for the full "Simon and/or Garfunkel deceptively cheerful sounding songs" collection.

  2. Ohhh! I like this idea! Maybe doing one with the bride and groom too, so the kids feel like the are getting some time with the couple. Some kids may not care, but some may like the individualized attention!

  3. DANG IT! I wish I had seen this before my wedding! A good 1/3 of our guests were under the age of 10!

    We did turn the "father/daughter" dance into a "parent/child" dance, inviting all the guests to bring their offspring (child or otherwise) up to dance with me and dad. This was partially because I was sick of everyone staring at me by that point and partially to get the dance party going. 🙂 Everyone loved it.

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