Counting Kids

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Depends on what part of the budget you mean? For how many tables/chairs you need, yes,  you count the kids.

For pricing for food, that depends on your venue – do kids get a different meal? Is the kids meal a different price?

My venue, every body – child or not, was in the count of how many people the place could hold. Kids were a different meal for a different price.

Post # 4
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I would count any kid that is old enough to need a chair and a meal.

Post # 5
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@lena_k_29:  I counted kids if they needed their own chair.

As for the meal, kids got a different meal if they were10 and under so I counted them out separate. It was a pain in the ass IMO, but it had to be done.

Post # 6
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Glasgowbound:  +1

@lena_k_29:  I’d generally say count everyone who needs a seat, but check with your venue or caterer on what they need this information for.  DH and I considered a venue with minimum guest requirements and they did not “count” any underage guests who would not be drinking toward this minimum.

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

I think my venue said kids 3 and under were free (because they eat so little or off Mom’s plate, and we had a buffet).

Post # 8
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Count everyone who needs a seat.

But children under 5 were free and people under 21 were reduced price (since they can’t drink).  This depends on your venue.

I had a buffet so it didn’t really change that.

Post # 9
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@lena_k_29:  i included them as far as guest count because they needed a chair but as for meal count i did them separately.  example:  38 guests; 20 beef, 16 chicken, 2 child meal.

venues will typically have a much lower price for child meals so it’s better for you financially.

Post # 10
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

If you’re feeding them/having a chair, I’d say yes. If they are super young babies, no. We are counting all the kids at ours with the exception of a month old baby (if they even come). Since obviously the baby won’t be eating or drinking what the venue offers. 

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