(Closed) Are children allowed at your reception?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Your reception: Adults Only or Kids Allowed?

    Adults Only

    Kids Welcome (12 and under)

  • Post # 62
    3866 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Yup, kids are a definite MUST with us, too.  But that’s because 1) we both love kids and 2) we HAVE two kids that will be 10 and 6.

    I have two nephews that will be 9 and 6, a neice only a couple years younger than my daughter and nephews (the 6 year olds) and my Future Sister-In-Law is expecting twins.  We have friends and family with kids all under 12 as well as over.  The family and friends LOVE kids, so it’ll work out great. 

    Of course, we’re also have an outdoor wedding at some local cabins so they’ll pretty much be able to run and have fun without us worrying about it too terribly much.  Everyone who knows us knows we’ve got the kids and 9 times out of 10 invite the munchkins to the functions, too. 

    They’ve already been to a after-premier party, been invited to movie sets, a haunted house (where they got to see ALL the behind-the-scene stuff including the putting on makeup), friends’ parties, and a heck of a lot more. 

    By the time the craziness starts, the kids will be in our cabin (we’re not bothering with a honeymoon due to school being in session; that’ll probably happen during summer vacation) either sleeping or watching TV. 

    Post # 63
    677 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I love adult only events but it just wouldn’t make us happy for our wedding – so we’re planning a casual, family-style event.

    Post # 64
    2777 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We went with the kids. It really wasn’t an option for us to not have the kids there – so many of Mr Moo’s cousins have small children and he’s a big part of their lives so it’s not fair to not include them. It was great!

    Post # 65
    8 posts
    • Wedding: February 2011

    we are only having the children who are in my wedding attend the reception..  My sisters daughter is in my wedding but her will be 6mo old son is not… I have 42 first cousins and if I invited all of them with a date that would be insane 84 people just cousins so we are only doing 21 and over…. although we are having a 2/11/11 wedding so if it snows and a lot of people cancel come one come all kids lol

    Post # 66
    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Wow.  It’s about 50/50.  We put an age limit of 18 and older; however, FI’s grandmother RSVP’d with his 15 y.o. cousin as her guest.  Apparently is other family members brought up the issue, and got into a huge fight about it, which they finally dropped because they were feeling like grandma was about to say “well if she isn’t invited, then I’m not going.”  I hate being put in this position…but he would rather have his grandmother there, and if it means the 15yo comes then I guess we have to allow it.

    Post # 67
    720 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Adults only.  Which means we’re excluding my cousins who are 12 and 16.  We had to draw the line somewhere, and I knew they would be bored anyways.  My two nieces (6 and 3 months) are not invited either.  Most of the moms I’ve spoken to are totally OK with it and are excited to have a night of peace.

    We’re also having our reception at a hotel so some will be keeping their children upstairs in a hotel room with a babysitter.

    Post # 69
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    They definitely are allowed. It never occurred to either of us to ban kids as we are close to them too. And we’ve always seen and understood weddings to be family events that everyone is allowed to attend. The kids that we have seen at weddings were not bored in the least.

    Post # 70
    158 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Im not having  kids at the reception. The only ‘child” that will be there is my 10(he will be 11 and a 1/2) by the time my wedding rolls around. My mother already said she was getting a aby sitter for my youngest two siblings (ages 2 and 4) because she wants to be able to enjoy the day. I know its a bit much for some of my out of town guests to leave their babies at home so I will be hiring a baby sitter fo the children during the receeption. they will be at the samae hotel but in a room across the hall.

    Post # 71
    9048 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We had it super easy.  Only 3 of our guests had children.  We don’t have any little cousins or anything.  All three opted to leave their 3 year olds at home with a baby sitter, and two brought their breastfeeding babies.  So we got to be totally cool with having kids, and not have to be the bad guy.

    Post # 72
    1 posts
    • Wedding: November 2010

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    THANK YOU.. finally! I love kids, I work with kids everyday.. kids will even be included in our ceremony, however not at the reception. That is adult time to celebrate.. our kids will celebrate at our rehearsal dinner.. that’s the plan.

    Post # 73
    950 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Kid-friendly?  Heck, our wedding was practically kid-centric…kinda unavoidable if one is having a Disneyland Hotel wedding.  We’re at a stage in our lives when nearly all our friends have kids or are pregnant.  Since 80% of our guests are Out of Town, I couldn’t imagine asking these people to leave their kids at home, plus paying for a sitter, plus paying to travel. 

    On a side note, my hubby & I are not really the “adults only” activity enthusiasts (while there was plenty of alcohol available, there was no dancing); we replaced these with a Disney themed kids’ table loaded with multiples of toys so kids could play with whatever they wanted & spending the day in the theme park rather than on the dance floor (tickets were our favors to all guests). 

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