Post # 1
Our reception venue requires a seating chart complete with *every* chair because they are also the caterers and need to know what meal to bring.
The kids meal is suggested for kids 4-12. Older than 12 get a regular adult meal (unless they/their parents pick the kids’ meal).
At what age do I give kids their own seat at the reception? Also, at what age do babies count towards the total head count?
Post # 3
I guess if the child is sitting in a chair (and not a high chair) then they would be counted as a seat. Im not really sure what age that would be.
Post # 4
If you have parents bringing infants in car seats or carriers I am sure that they would appreciate a chair to put them on if you have the room. It just makes it so much easier than having the carrier on the floor behind you or against a wall.
If you don’t provide a chair, the toddlers -2 and 3 years of age will drive people crazy with no where of their own to sit.
I think the caterers are correct that children 3 and under will likely either eat food their parents have brought for them or eat off mom and dad’s plate. It would be cute to provide them with a little pack of animal crackers , etc as their own favor- something that would help them pass the time until dinner is served.
Post # 5
The problem I’m having is: since they don’t have their own meal–how do I give them a chair without having them set the place and expect to bring a meal (and be confused by the name tag).
@julies1949: if we have a seat for a car carrier , we need to explain to the venue not to set that place, or expect to bring food. I’m asking them, as well, I’m just a worrier.
And I’m trying to figure out if they have high chairs. I HOPE SO.
Post # 7
Is there a family member or friend who could go to the reception ahead of the rest of the people and place a coloring book and crayons on the table-use the coloring book as a place mat?That way the staff would know that no meal needed there.
Post # 8
As a mom I think all ages should get a seat. I don’t want my daughter (almost 2) to be sitting on my lap the whole reception. I also wouldn’t want to have to hold my sleeping baby for dinner either (the chair for a carseat would be used for this) I think everyone deserves a seat. And almost ALL parents would appreciate it!
Post # 9
Everyone is getting a seat at my wedding. We’re giving kids meals for ages 1 and up to about 12.
Post # 10
We’re having this issue as well as we have a lot of kids in our family who will be coming to the wedding! We’re going to have high chairs for kids under 3 and that will take the place of one place setting at the table so there won’t be any confusion with the wait staff as to whether or not that setting gets a proper meal. The wait staff will know if there are any kids meals at that table as will the parents know whether or not they requested a meal for their bub.
We will have a few infants at the reception and we are not giving them a place setting. We figure that with all the family members around, there will be more than enough arms for the bub to sit in during the meal and we don’t need a separate chair for their car seat. As far as kids meals, when we send out the invites, the reply cards will have a separate place for parents to note how many kids meals they will need. I never know if a 1.5 year old is going to nibble on chicken fingers or not, but I’ll leave it up to the parents. If they request a kids meal for their child, so be it, we will order one. We’re also going to let our wait staff know how many kids meals are needed at each table so they don’t have to wander around aimlessly looking for the kids.
In terms of final head count – we’re giving a number for every person who takes a place setting. In other words, we’re exclusing the infants who are too little to sit in a high chair. Everyone who needs a high chair is being counted.
Post # 11
Just heard from the venue–they do have some high chairs (possibly not enough), so I have 2 questions
1. Know how to rent high chairs?
2. What age of kids use high chairs? (1 yr-3 yrs? less than a year? up to 4?)