Post # 1
I am helping my friend with her wedding and am presently figuring out what to do as far as invitations and enclosures go. The wedding is an evening one and she decided that she was going to allow children to come so she could ensure more of the family she wanted to see would attend. The only problem is the venue is on an almond orchard on which they built an enclosed hall structure and a large park. In this park there is a large body of water that is not gated. It is in fact the owner’s water source for the orchard. People can walk around it if they like. Our concern is that we do not want children to play around the area or throw items into the water. I was thinking on the information card enclosure of putting something like “Please be aware there is a water hazard at the venue and children should be attended to at all times to avoid harm.’ Is this wording ok or should I word it differently? Or should I include this anywhere in the invitation at all or just on the wedding website? I am not sure what is the polite way of doing this?
Post # 3
I don’t think the invitation is the best place to include that information. Put it on the website, then when people RSVP with kids you can fill them in.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t put that anywhere. I don’t think it’s necessary. If I were a parent and showed up to an event with my kids, I’d expect that I needed to keep an eye on them..
If you really wanted to put it somewhere, put it on the website, but definitely not on the invitiations.
I think calling it a “water hazard” makes it sound dangerous, too. Unless it’s rapids or something, you could just call it a lake…
Post # 6
Agree with putting it on the website.
I also think notices like these are going to be noted by people who would watch their kids anyway. The people who don’t are the ones who will probably ignore the warning anyway.
Post # 7
I agree with putting it on the website, and phrasing it less as “keep an eye on your kids” and more “just a heads up that there is an unprotected body of water on site”.
Post # 8
Drunk adults sometimes need to be “supervised” as well. Just a thought to keep in mind. It’s not always the kids at weddings that get out of hand….
Post # 9
Ya I really don’t think any wordage is necessary. There are hazards everywhere that prents look out for… I think they will see the pond and take care of their own kids.
Post # 10
Warnings like this are what the bridal party is for. Appoint an “usher” of sorts from amongst your friends to keep an eye out for rogue kids, and have them speak to parents/warn them of the open body of water when they arrive.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for the advice. Ha ha. I did not think about terming the lake as a water hazard might be too much. I agree that if I had kids with me, which I will, I would watch them, as I should. I made such a comment to the bride and she said she knew her family would not watch their children and so we should make them aware possibly on the invite. That would be why I asked the question. Thank you Kewii, I didn’t think about the fact that those who would let their kids go unattended would probably disregard the warning anyway. I will have her make note on the wedding website and have someone inform the guests when they arrive. And I agree about the alcohol, adults can be far worse.
Post # 12
I have to say that as a parent if I knew there was a large body of water in the reception area I would appreciate knowing. I uaually try to get a sitter for my kids for weddings even if they are invited, but I would be even more inclined to do so if I had that info. I am from AZ though, and we are super aware of how easily drownings can happen.