(Closed) Are you catering to the kids at your reception?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Definitely have a kids corner or even a room if you are having it in a hotel… When I say room, I’m thinking a suite, teenage babysitters, disney movies, pizza, etc… Some of the parents may actually be game with this. I know I probably would (although I’d leave to check on them lol!!)  I think that a kids table would also be fun with a few pails on the table and crayons, etc… if you could have a smaller conference room that is attached you could use it as your kids corner and have the pizza set up…

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think a kids’ corner would be a cute idea…I want the kids at our wedding to be under control, not bored, and not interfering with adults’ ability to have fun. Sounds like a good solution!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

We’re doing coloring pages (wedding themed, of course!) and some simple game-ish activities (like a photo scavenger hunt with disposable cameras) for the kids at our reception, if we have them.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think a kids corner is a really good idea. You can also contact the local Red Cross chapter to see if they would be willing to post a “Search for Babysitter” notice for you – the Red Cross does babysitter certification courses! You could have the “sitter” man the kid corner to keep an eye on things.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Our venue is a huge estate, and there is a big basement with a TV, leather couch, ping pong table, etc.  They are welcome to hang out there.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We have reserved a suite at the hotel where the reception is taking place and have hired professional wedding “sitters” for the evening. We will let the parents know we are having a slumber party for the kids and encouraging them to bring their sleeping bags. There will be pizza, movies a tea party and games.

Our reception is late (ceremony begins at 8/8:30) and is not over until 2 am, and it’s on New Year’s Eve. As much as we love children, we feel it’s totally inappropriate for them to be running this time of night so we are making accomodations for them to be together. Parents will have the option of course to visit throughout the night and we are toying with the idea of allowing them for the ceremony and then making it all about them during their own private reception.

We think it should be fun and hope that it goes over well.

For the sitting services, we are paying for the bridal party members children, everyone else will have to pay for their own. It just isn’t possibly for us to cover everyone (some people have 5 children)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

we had many kids at our formal wedding as well…and they were great.  Some of them tore up the dance floor, and most of them were very well behaved.  We ahd a separate Kids Room with 2 babysitters.  They had DVDs playing, coloring books, play doh, games, puzzles, pillows for naps, etc, plus their own little buffet of chicken fingers, mac and cheese, pizza, and french fries.  The parents were SO thankful for it, it gave them a break.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

No, we’re having an adult-only party.

A lot of people have special meals and activties for kiddos though.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

If by catering to you mean keeping them out then yes!

We aren’t having a kids table in the ballroom (and I am going to instruct my DOC to keep them out), but a room nearby will be soundproof with padded walls and chocolate for smearing everywhere. JK about all the stuff in the room, but they will be set up with babysitters, etc.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m toying with the idea of having a sitter and having a scavenger hunt for them to go on, or Wedding Bingo or something. Some type of organized activities so they’re not left to their own devices!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re in the same boat, I think its just under 30 kids!  We’re doing a kids menu, a kids corner or room (if the weather holds for an outdoor wedding they get their own room), and probably hiring a sitter.  My sisters and closest friends all have little ones under the age of 2 and I want them to enjoy the night too!

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