Post # 1
We’re not inviting kids to our wedding, and I’m wondering if we should set up some kind of baby- and kid-care situation for people who can’t leave their little ones at home for whatever reason? Or am I supposed to provide them with some numbers for babysitters in Philly? What do you do in this situation? And if you are setting up some kind of kid area or babysitting scenario, what are your local resources? I don’t think we could do it at the venue since it’s a museum, but maybe in the hotel where we have a block of rooms?
Post # 3
We are arranging babysitters for our family and providing contact info for anyone bringing kids. We asked our venue and wedding planner for referrals and the kids are being watched at their hotel (it is an evening wedding). I have been to places where there is a separate kids room nearby the reception too – they have a few people watching everyone and lots of games etc.
Post # 4
since our hall is pretty big, we are having a kids area. I am hiring a few teenagers to look after the little ones and going to try to sit the parents nearby. I’m hoping to have a play tent or something with a few toys and games.
Post # 5
Our wedding is in a museum and they have a kids area. Are you sure your venue doesn’t have one? Or maybe a cafeteria that you could use? We’re arranging to have a babysitter, but I’m sure if you provided the number of a few, that should be sufficient.
Alternatively, you could use these people: http://theweddingsitters.com/
Post # 6
Interesting! Thanks for all the ideas. The Wedding Sitters is a great business idea.
Post # 7
I don’t think a lot of kids are coming (it’s kind of out of the way) but for those that are, we’re in contact with the parents to see if they’d like a babysitter for the ceremony or reception – or both. At the ceremony, we’re having everyone under 10 go into a play room with supervision – mainly for FI’s boss’ terror of a 1st grader who will scream and yell everytime he doesn’t get his way – but we’re communicating this beforehand so people aren’t shocked, and if they don’t like it, they can figure out an alternative beforehand.
Post # 8
Our venue is setting up a kids’ room for us, with a TV and videos/dvds, bean bag chairs, and stuff like that. A friend who has a daycare is bringing in some boxes of books and toys. The venue will provide staff to supervise, although frankly most of our friends’ kids are quite well behaved and shouldn’t be a problem. I just had the room set up in case they get bored or need a nap or something.