Inviting children to your big day, but not sure how to keep them occupied? With professional wedding nannies and craft-based entertainers, it’s child’s play. Olivia Simpson chats to three companies who are available to hire for weddings across Scotland…
This Glasgow-based company prides itself on a totally personalised experience. “Our families aren’t just a number on a big list,” says founder Kaitlyn Millar, who has almost a decade’s experience in childcare and branched out into weddings a few years ago. “We care a lot about the service we provide and want to ensure that you and your family have the best experience possible. This starts from the first enquiry.” Couples are clearly loving the service: “Since I started offering my wedding services, my business has blossomed and we are getting busier each year!” she smiles.
Tissues at the ready: the story of how owner Claire Wagstaff set up Wedding Nannies is very sweet: “I’m a nursery practitioner who has worked in a number of settings throughout the years,” she tells us. “I began Wedding Nannies in 2019 with an inheritance from my Grandpa Joe. He told me to go follow my dreams, so I did!” Claire and her team are there to help make your day easier. “We offer a range of services, from evening nannies through to full-day nannies, as well as children’s corners with teepees and soft play, which are always a great hit!” Grandpa Joe would be proud.
The clue is in the name: Arty Party Crafts aims to stop youngsters getting bored by encouraging them to get creative instead. “We organise entertaining craft activities that have been thoughtfully planned from a child’s point of view for maximum fun,” explains Pamela MacPherson of the Ardrossan-based company. Some of the arty options include colouring books that have been personalised with a picture of the bride and groom and the child’s name on the cover, as well as sand and glitter art, card-making for the happy couple, and designing wedding dresses and cakes. Crucially, all activities are mess-free, so you can relax in the knowledge that their Sunday best will remain spotless.