Children at reception ?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

babykoala:  Even if they are really young babies still in a carrier, it is nice to provide an empty chair to place the child on.

Most babies can sit unsupported between 6-8 months. The high chairs provided at venues usually do not recline like the models you can get for home use so there are of no use for younger babies.

A child can move to a booster seat without straps at about 18 months.

You could also reach out to the parents and ask their preference.

Post # 3
7025 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You should definitely ask the parents for their individual preferences! It saves a lot of guesswork.

But as a rough guide:

< 6 months – will stay in pram or baby carrier, but as julies1949:  said, leave a space.

then up to 18-24 months: high chair.

then up to about 3 or 4 years: booster seat. (It’s ok to expect parents to bring this, in my opinion).

No one wants to spend the evening with a child on their lap.

Post # 4
3433 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I agree with the comments above, it depends greatly on the age of the children.  Having a few options is great, but check with the parents – some may have it under control, others may be planning to leave the kiddos at home anyway, so no worries there.  Asking is the simplest way to handle it.  Also check with your venue, they may have them available without any extra effort on your part. 

Post # 5
1527 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Wow, you sound like a great hostest.  First, check with the venue, do they have sufficient high chairs and booster seats.  Many do.  If the do, if not too late, you might put an extra line on the RSVP cards for people with invited kids, booster or high chair needed?  or lines for each one?

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