Post # 1
Good Afternoon Bees!
I ned your help!!!!!!! So I’m onto some logistics of this magical day we have planned lol
Next on my radar are the children.
We offered (only for close family members and those in the bridal party) to provide a babysitter as we are having an ADULTS only ceremoney and reception. EEEEEK – I really should have thought of this brefore hand.
1) Our ceremony/recdeption starts at 4 and will wind down (as a guess around 12-1)
2) The list of children we have varies from 1 – 9
3) There are about 12 kids on the list right now
4) Our venue has a room they said we can use for the children however, I have no clue what to do with them for that many hours
My issue is what will keep them entertained for the least price. The babysitters are at least going to cost us 300-400 and we will be arranging pizza for the kids but other than colouring books and crayons I’m at a loss! I figured we could hire an entertainer but that’s looking like it will cost upwards of 150-200 (no bueno)
We are really doing this to make things more manageable for our guests but it seems like it may be a bigger task than we originally thought
What dod you bees do with kids who didn’t come to the ceremony and or reception?
Post # 2
I think if you pay for the babysitters, food, beverages, etc. you can reasonably ask the parents to pack a tote bag, of things to keep each child occupied. If they’re traveling they’ll have stuff with them, anyway. It’s really hard to provide for that wide of an age range, without knowing what each kid likes. I wouldn’t give crayons to a 1 year old and I know my kids weren’t coloring at 9. Does the venue have a TV that they can put in there? A few movie DVDs will help.
I have a feeling though, that when the kids wind down, later in the evening, the parents will have to leave early with them – more like 10:00 PM than 1:00 AM. My niece left her own brother’s wedding early, because of her toddler (was also cared for in a separate room).
Post # 3
Do the parents know about the babysitter arrangement?
I would guess most parents will leave early.
I’d second the suggestion of a TV with a DVD player.
Post # 4
MeandMyLouboutins: You can’t keep 12 kids ages from 1-9 in the same room for 8 hrs.
Many, if not most of them will need to be in bed, asleep, long before your wedding ends.
What facilities do you have in that room? Do you have a separate space with cribs and beds?
You are also going to need several babysitters.
The 1 yr old may not be up to eating pizza. Do you have facilities to reheat food or formula (if they are still on it)?
If you stick with your plan of offering babysitters, I would do it only while the kids are still awake and happy. When they pass that point, I would have the sitter phone the parents and their child then becomes their responsibility.
Post # 5
PABride: Yes, I am definitely expecting early departures.. It’s part of the way things work I guess lol<br />Okay TV and DVD I will look into (haven’t seen the room at the Venue so I’m not certain of the setup – I’ll inquire! It is destination so I may ask them to bring things to keep them occupied to help me out a bit!
Westwood: We have only told a select few (parents of the 12 children about it) – we originally wanted to give this to everyone but logistically it wouldbe been 32 kids and I think that equals a nightmare!!
Post # 6
julies1949: I havent to check out the room but from my understanding there are chairs and tables only…
I have 3 babysitters on the list already… (I would never think of having just one lol)
No reheating – I’m pretty sure of that all the children will be off forumla though.. the youngest will almost be 2!
I think the best thing I can do is offer the parents as far as what I can do and then they can make the decision if it will work for them… I had hoped it would work out where they basically can leave their kids and not worry til the end of the night but that may not be the case unfortunately…