Would this be a fun idea for kids at a backyard reception?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s a good idea in general, but not for a wedding.  Kids and water with adults that aren’t being super attentive?  NOPE.

We bought a bean bag game toy from Target.  I would get stuff like that — kids horseshoes, that ladder ball game, lawn bowling, etc.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I still think it’s a bad idea.  I know parents who would not let their kids near the water, even with a babysitter.  Also, do you really want wet kids running around?  You want your wedding dress to get wet?  It’s not a good idea.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Ruby-Redshoes:  I agree that it’s not for a wedding. Inevitably the kids will run soaking-wet to their parents for some reason, babysitter or no. Also the parents will have to dry them off/ change their clothes afterwards and do bathroom breaks at best, although I can’t see most people being comfortable with their children being out of eyesight in a pool with a lot of other children, even with sitters. Sorry to rain on your parade, but I do think a pool party for everyone is an awesome rehearsal dinner idea. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Ruby-Redshoes:  I think I’d agree that the swimming pool idea would not be a good idea for a wedding.  For a family BBQ, ok, but a wedding, not really.  I second the getting some games for them to play outside like peachacid suggested.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I think letting kids play in the pool is going to cause problems.  Even though the kids may not be dressed up, the parents probably will be and I don’t think they would be too happy if they got splashed by the kids.  Eventually, the kids will need to change and get cleaned up, and this is going to cause a lot of backup in the restrooms (which are already a premium in a backyard wedding).

I’m doing a backyard reception too and we’re putting out lawn games for the kids like cornhole, croquet, and sidewalk chalk for the driveway.  You can have some yard games for varying age groups that would still keep with the wedding atmosphere.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Ruby-Redshoes:  If you are having music kids are usually pretty entertained by that alone, so I wouldn’t stress it too much. You could have someone do balloon animals/hats or face painting, those are always a big hit. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Ruby-Redshoes:  My brother got married last July and their reception was in my SILs brother’s backyard around the pool. Imagine every round the pool cocktail party you’ve ever seen on tv or in a movie, complete with a sharply dressed bartender and floating pool lights. Once everyone had a few drinks in them people started getting thrown in the pool, then grabbing hands and run-jumping in on their own. With the music playing and the drinks flowing it was the BEST time. Best part is we were able to run inside and change or borrow clothes/towels since it was a family affair. There were only like two kids though.

ETA: this is in support of your rehearsal dinner idea, still wouldn’t do it for the wedding unless you’re going very casual 

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Ruby-Redshoes:  I didn’t read the other response but I think it is a really risky idea. Even having a pool when children will be at a wedding is high risk.

There is no way I would want you using the pool if I were FI’s parents unless you agreed to hire qualified lifeguards. His parents are the ones who will be hit with any resulting lawsuits- along with you and FI.

As a guest:

a) I wouldn’t bring my kids to the wedding anyway, so it wouldn’t really be an issue for me

b) if I did bring kids to the wedding, I would have to get them changed x 2 and deal with wet hair and suits- no thanks.

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