Post # 1
So we are at the age where a lot of our friends/cousins are starting to have a babies. It’s looking like we are going to have at least 5 little one under 1 and a half and the number keeps going up.
We are having a destination wedding and we would love for our friends & family members to be there. We understand that they can’t leave their little ones at home. We are not anti baby (we love kids and plan on having our own soon) but I’ve seen parents bring babies to wedding and then not have a good time because they are worried about them. We want our guests to have fun!
What have other bees done about these little wedding crashers?
Should we have a babysitter at the hotel or the wedding venue? Or should we just give them names of local services?
Post # 3
@orangeroses29: we’re in the same boat….lots and lots of babies lol! We’re having about 13 kids at the wedding. two would be newborns…like a month or 2 weeks old if everything goes as scheduled lol. But as far as young children. we have 6 under the age of 5. We’re just giving them goodie bags with things to keep them busy. During the ceremony we’re also giving them fidget toys to keep their hands busy 🙂
I think it’s really nice that you’re offering to help find them a sitter, but personally i wouldnt leave my children with someone I didnt know…but maybe that’s just me?
Post # 4
I’m leaning towards having a sitter at the actual wedding site. So the parents will be able to check in on their kids. I don’t think I’d leave my kid at the hotel with a stranger either.
Post # 5
I think you would have to check with the parents and it would depend on the age of the LOs. I think many (not all) of the people I know would be fine leaving a 3+ year old with a sitter (but not a random sitter) but I don’t know of many that would leave a 6 month old or younger with a sitter. In addition, can they drive to your Destination Wedding or do they have to fly? Many parents I know are hesitant to fly with a baby for a long distance.
If it’s a vacation spot, some people I know would bring grandma or a nanny along and just make it a family vacation. Then mom and dad will attend the Destination Wedding and grandma/nanny/etc. can babysit that evening.
Post # 6
Wedding is in Austin Texas. About half the group will be flying and half will be driving. But most of the people who are flying with babies are relatives and grandparents (our aunts and uncles) will be attending the event.