(Closed) Are children allowed at your reception?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Your reception: Adults Only or Kids Allowed?

    Adults Only

    Kids Welcome (12 and under)

  • Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Except for my first cousins on my mother’s side.  I am very close with all of them.

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    No kids for us. But we’re having an evening cocktail reception (because it’s not kid friendly Innocent)

    Post # 20
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    adults only for us! Except our ring bearer, who was 2. My niece was still “baking” at the time= ] Late night ceremony (6pm) and reception, with plenty of loud music and beer. Not super child friendly. Plus, any children would be more distant relatives. Only a friend or two of ours actually have children, and the only “family” child was our nephew.

    Post # 21
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We’re inviting kids too.

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

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    @Entangled: LOL.

    Ours was adults only.  There were no children we were close to.  One of our wedding party has the BRATTIEST child ever and neither parent disciplines him. Both FH and I have seen him ruin other formal events with little parental intervention, and there was no way we could invite other kids and not invite him, so it was a no-brainer.

    Post # 24
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Adult ONLY! The youngest person coming is 23 I think!

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    For me, I just felt it wasn’t polite to invite out of town guests, and expect them to arrange for a sitter in a random town.  Children will be invited, and if the parents choose themselves to have an adult only weekend, that’s fine, if they want to bring them, that’s fine, too.  We’re also having a few children in the wedding, so since we’re dealing with a few kiddos already, what’s a few more?  Our wedding is afternoon/evening, the venue is outdoor/indoor, and we’re doing lawn games, plus other fun stuff, so I’m sure the kids will have a good time!

    My sis had an adult only reception, except for the children in the wp, and it was the evening in a hotel ballroom.  Much more appropriate to leave the kids at home, anyway.  Luckily, the kids in the wp were 4-6th grade, so they behaved themselves pretty well.  🙂

    Post # 26
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Kids were totally welcome – we have lots of wine, loud music, and a late night ceremony and reception (ceremony at 7 pm, reception ended at 1 am) – it was awesome, the kids were all super well behaved, and had a lot of fun (well – one of my cousins fell asleep in a pile of jackets but before he konked out at 10 he had fun!). Even those with kids stayed till at least midnight! We didn’t have special kid meals, or activity bags or anything, and they kept themselves well entertained!

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Kids are invited but it won’t be kid friendly I suppose.  I won’t have a kids table nor am I making activities for them.  However, I think there are only a handful of kids invited, most of which are old enough to stay home, and probably will. 

    Post # 28
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

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    @evalague: haha well, it may be a bigger battle than i’m willing to wage. This family has already made their hotel and plane ticket reservations, so it is really too late for me to be stern with them. If I knew they hadn’t already done the travel arrangements, then yes, I would battle it out. I just feel kind of bad for the solo kid – she’s going to be so bored!

    Post # 29
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I remember going to weddings when I was young and loving it.  I loved the ceremony and reception, my eyes were glued to the bride and her dress and I kept thinking about what I loved about each wedding and how I could one day incorporate that in my own wedding (haha I know total nerd).  I also remember that, at least in my family, it was usually the kids who were the first on the dance floor getting others on the floor.  

    We’re inviting parents and children to all weekend wedding activities and we’re hiring a babysitter for those who want to leave the kids at the hotel for the reception or the after party. 

    Post # 30
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    i wish i could do no kids.  there are 3 kids in that are absolute terrors.  worst behaving run around screaming in any situation cant be control terrors.  unfortunately i haven’t convinced my mom that even thought they are family that they should not be allowed,.

    Post # 31
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We are having adults only, except our flower girls and FI’s cousins. We are the first of our friends who are getting married though and don’t really know a lot of children except for FIs cousins.

     

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