Children at wedding

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Children 1-2 don’t necessarily eat baby food. The parents will likely bring snacks and give the children small bites off their plates so I wouldn’t worry about ordering them a kids meal. 

Post # 4
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I would just assume the parents will bring food for their babies.  That’s pretty basic parenting 101.  I wouldn’t bother counting those kids for any guest count or even asking their parents about food for them.  No one I know would expect a wedding to serve baby food to their baby!

Post # 6
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I would expect them to bring baby food without being asked, but I would also expect the host to supply a children’s, ultra small sized, vegetarian portion of dinner, just in case.

This works both ways…

Post # 7
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MaryKay14:  Children under 1 eat baby food! But kids under 2 will probably eat off their parent’s plates. Still, I’d ask the parents and see what they’d prefer!

Post # 8
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@MaryKay14:  Could you tell them what the kids meal will be and ask if their child is capable of eating it? They may just say yea, they’ll eat that or, don’t worry about it, they can eat from our plates or we’ll bring them something. I don’t think it’s rude. It sounds like you’re wanting to be considerate of their needs. I don’t know if it’d be in your budget and it’s for sure not necessary, but we thought it was really sweet at my younger cousin’s birthday party that they gave my 7 month old neice a goody bag filled with infant snacks as opposed to candy like the others. You could always leave something at their seats?

Post # 9
460 posts
Helper bee

If its only 3 kids, I would just reach out to the parents and ask? You know what they say about “assuming” … If it were a lot of little ones, I might respond differently, but three phone calls should take you 15-20 mins, which isn’t a huge burden, IMO. Better safe than sorry.

Post # 10
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree that you should call the parents and ask them.  1-2 years old children do not eat baby food.  Those children DO need seats at the table though.

Post # 11
7030 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MaryKay14:  +1 to other posters who say ask the parents. 1-2 years is a big range. At 12 months I’d probably bring some baby food; at 23 months I would not.

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