Destination wedding and kids

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

There’s nothing wrong with having an adults only reception.  I’d be surprised if that many people couldn’t afford their own babysitter and actually decided not to attend because of it.  That being said, it’s really generous of you to offer to pay for the babysitting and set it all up on their behalf!  If you can afford that, I think it’s awesome!

Post # 4
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Sam_e_pants:  A lot of parents aren’t going to leave their children with a sitter they have never met.  I definitely would not.  

I don’t really have any other options, as your yacht can obviously only accomodate so many people.  

Post # 5
1867 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

That’s really tricky. Assuming your guests have to travel, you may get a number of declines. If the children really are quite small, it might be difficult for the parents to go to a destination wedding without the kids. As well, a lot of parents aren’t comfortable with babysitters they don’t know (I’m not, and wouldn’t leave my child with someone I hadn’t personally chosen), so if they travelled with the children, they might not feel okay with that option.

As the PP said, it’s hard to suggest other possibilities as you can’t change how many people the yacht accommodates, but other options aren’t necessarily going to work for your friends with kids. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having an adults only reception, but it does come with the risk of some guests not being able to come.

Post # 6
2818 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve never been a big fan of the couple hiring babysitters. It’s just…too many variables. There’s nothing wrong with an adults only reception. My reception is on a yacht as well and even though I didn’t go as far as to prohibit children, my guests seem to realize that it is not an appropriate setting for a small child. To me it’s more a safety issue than a capacity issue.  

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