Post # 1
Okay. My FH and I decided to allow children at the reception. They’re aren’t many and we’ve only invited extremely close friends and family. We both come from large families and actually enjoy watching the kids enjoy the festivities.
Just in case, we’re going to have the house professionally cleaned (FH’s mom has a friend) and open it up for the children if parents decide they want a child free night. We’ve contacted our baby-sitter (who is amazing) to see if she would host the children here at our house for any parent who would prefer to attend the reception sans children. We’re going to order pizza’s, have board games and movies available. (it’s a 4 hour reception) and also open the first floor bedrooms if the little darlings get tired.
Assuming that everything works out with the baby-sitter (which so far, she seems pretty excited.) I was going to put a little insert in the invites. How would I word this? (BTW: We’re not asking the parents to pay. We’re paying for it ourselves. We really want the couples to feel like they’re having a real “date night” if they decide to come.)
Post # 3
For those of you who would like to enjoy the reception childfree, childcare will be provided at the home of _____________ (insert address) between the hours of _ and _ .
Please let us know how many children will require care.
Post # 4
Perfect and not too wordy! Thanks julies1949. I’ve been so bogged down with homework. I was a complete blank! awesome.
Post # 5
I would also add in the beginning, “Children are certainly welcome at our event. However, for those…(I love @julies1949’s wording for the rest!) Maybe add in that it’s complimentary?
Post # 6
THis is a great idea, and very considerate of your guests!
Depending on the age of the kidds and the number of kiddos, you might want to add a second sitter at your house just to keep things sane and safe. Once you have a number in mind, you can talk to the sitter and see what her comfort level is.
Post # 7
@nmsoonerbride: That’s a great idea. Since my sitter knows what my expectations are as far as child care, do you think it would be okay for her to choose a friend to work with her and then I can meet the girl for the final approval? Her mother has also agreed to be on “stand-by” (they live close) in case the girls feel they need a grown-up.
I’m so glad I’m on the right track.
…alright….now that that is almost settled. back to homework.
Post # 8
It depends on the ages of the kids. If they will be over the age of 4, it’s much easier and I’d say 1 teenage sitter per 5-6 kids. If that’s the case, I think it would be fine to let your sitter bring some friends.
If there will be younger kids, keep in mind that kids between the ages of 7-9 months (crawlers) to 2-3 years will literally need to be watched almost EVERY second, because those of the ages when they do things like choke on things they put in their mouths, pull tvs down on top of themselves, whack their heads on coffee tables….they are little bundles of danger. So, if there will be many kids that age, I’d shoot for one teenage sitter per 3 kids, or one adult sitter per 4-5 kids. And, in that case I’d push more for the sitter’s mom to just plan on being there.
And again, I think it’s really fantastic that you are doing this. I think of wedding planning as planning a big dinner party, and the key to a successful party is taking your guests needs into consideration. You are doing a fantastic job!
Post # 9
This is a very thoughtful and considerate thing to do for your guests!! Great idea!