Post # 1
Let me start by thanking you for your help.
I own a dance studio. I love the kids I work with. We are having a Ceremony and Reception for our friends and family and then a second reception (same day for Dance Families). Some families are invited to both. So after reviewing our invite list FI and I realized there are 23, yes 23 kids (UNDER THE AGE OF 13) invited. Not all students, but kids of friends and family too. Should I hire a sitter for the 23 kids?
We have not sent out invites we are still 10 months out.
P.S. We are doing a Brunch Wedding, and there is a lot of room outside for kids to run and play, which I don’t mind, but hiring two sitters seems less costly than what their food would cost.
Post # 3
I think that you might need to prepare activities or something to keep them entertained otherwise they will just go to their parents for things to do and then the parents won’t enjoy themselves. Don’t have any specific ideas since we didn’t have kids at ours.
Post # 4
Having sitters might get hard. Would parents trust leaving their kids with a sitter and 20 other kids? I would suggest having games and things for them to do. A bounce house it easy. I know it’s not wedding-ish, but that is a lot of kids.
Post # 5
I think that if kids are invited, you have to feed them, whether there are sitters or not (who also need to be fed). Maybe the caterer could provide a cheaper kid friendly meal? Or you could have food for them out in the play area.
Post # 6
Yeah, I would say even if you have a sitter, you should still consider feeding them something. Even if it’s sandwich trays and juiceboxes from Safeway.
Post # 7
I don’t want kids at my wedding and have specifically told people that it is an adult ceremony. For those who are still bringing them, we are coordinating with a babysitter. We are having a full catholic ceremony and I don’t want screaming kids. I also don’t want screaming kids running back and forth across the dance floor.
This has caused major friction with my future in-laws, but my family is paying for it, they are contributing nothing so this is kind of the way it is going to be.
To be perfectly honest though, I think this is totally a personal preference. If I already had kids, or a sibling or mine or my fiance did, I think it would be a different story.
Post # 8
I beliebe the proper thing to do is to have a meal for the children (different than that of the adult meal) and have an area, (outside/inside) where the children can play and entertain themselves or have entertainment for them, while being supervised (if they are not in the same room as your guests).
I hope you figure out something that best suits you and your budget. Good luck!
Post # 9
I am so for kids at weddings because I can see myself in a few years with my own kids and I would hate to have to find a sitter! That’s just my opinion though 🙂
Post # 10
We are having an outside brunch reception as well, AND we also are inviting nearly 30 children! I love kids and many of these kids are family members so I am excited for them to come and for the photographer to get cute pictures of them running around my parents’ farm 🙂 We aren’t hiring a babysitter, though. If a parent chooses to bring their child to an event, they are expected to watch their child. If they don’t want to do that, they can certainly get a babysitter. We will have a “kids’ station” with butcher paper on the tables so they can draw with crayons, and other little things for them to play with so they don’t get into things. In the end, it is still up to the parents.
Post # 11
I would hire a sitter who can engage in activities with the kiddies. Saw that at another wedding and it worked beautifully
Post # 12
have games and toys… prepare activities outside for them. a sitter is a good idea but still u should get activities, craft or something to keep them busy… think karaoke or a video game system. u can also make special wedding favors for them here is an idea… http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/search/processRequest.do?Ntt=bride+duck&x=0&y=0&requestURI=searchMain&Ntk=all&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&N=0
Post # 13
Thank you ladies. I am planning to feed the kids. Just not the same food as the rest of the reception. We will have a game system and dvd player that is provided with the venue. They also have their own room to play. There is also space to roam outside with games as well. I will also have a craft box of tons of “kid friendly” crafts.
We will include on our invites that a sitter is provided.
Thanks for all your help!
Post # 14
In our families, weddings are family events which means kids are family too and thus extended the same invitations. However I have never seen activities specifically for the kids, nor would any of the kids participate in them since they’re either playing with each other doing their own thing or wanting to be around the adults which is fine. Every event that has had dancing, the kids are the first to get on the dance floor and the last to leave it. I’ve never seen them served different food than anyone else either and that didn’t create a problem. It depends on the menu and the kid. Some kids prefer chicken strips and others prefer smaller portions of adult food.