Post # 1
Hi everyone! I am getting married 12/12 at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland. Alot of my guests will be coming from out of town with their children. All together we will have about 18 kids ranging from infants to 13 yrs old. I really want to have an adult’s only ceremony and dinner and then have the kids join us for dancing. Does anyone know of any babysitting services that I can contact? The venue has a room that we could keep all the kids in so if there was a problem the parents would be right there. I appreciate any and all help!!
Post # 3
Did you ask the venue if they have a sitter or company they usually work with? My venue actually had someone that we could have for the duration of our reception and they would stay in the "kids room" entertaining the younger ones with projects, movies, etc. It was only $75 so we just went with their person to save us the hassle of looking elsewhere.
Post # 4
I’m not personally sure about any babysitting services, but I did recently attend a wedding that had a Willy Wonka room and it was to die for! The "babysitters" were literally dressed up in fun wonka mode, there was giant candies (that tasted as yummy as the looked), games, willy wonka on the screen, and a kid’s buffet. i talked to the planner there (who was amazing but unfortunately in a far away city so probably a no-go for our wedding) and she said it’s easy to do for about an additional $300 (mind you, the room was decorated to the max) but if you add on a buffet it puts the cost up. i was thinking about doing personal happy meals (more like a grab bag filled with a kid friendly dinner and matching the rest of the reception…)
Hope this helps. I thought it was an adorable idea and if renting an extra room at our wedding wasn’t almost as much as our banquet hall, we’d totally be in!
Post # 5
Lillindy – WOW! that’s a really great deal. I didn’t even bother asking our venue… maybe we should’ve? Just to get an idea, what was the age range of children at your wedding and for how long was the sitter held captive?
Mrsbiscuit – as for your question…unfortunately I don’t really have an answer for you, but it looks like these ladies had great ideas to start you off.
Keep us posted and Good luck!
Post # 6
For a reception in Oakland, I’d probably contact the grad schools at Pitt (maybe education?) and look for students who babysit. I’m a grad student in the school of health and rehab sciences and we are all required to be CPR certified and have Act 33/34 clearances every year (child abuse/felony background checks).
Post # 7
That’s a great idea to contact local schools…college kids always need extra money!
I was going to suggest maybe if you go to a gym with childcare, ask them if they’d like to make some extra money. I know at my gym, the people working in the childcare section have to have certain certifications to work in there.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2020 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum
We’re thinking of doing something similar and I asked the girls at my DayCare if they would be interested. You might try calling some of the centers in your area and seeing if anyone needs a little extra $ on the side.
Post # 9
@luckyinluv: If I remember correctly, our ages ranged from about 3-11. The sitter was held captive for about 4 or 5 hours, I’m not sure exactly how long because I didn’t see her come or go, but it was about that long. If you already have a venue, maybe you can call and they can tell you who they used. Again, I think it was a great price and just one less stressor for us. I think even if it cost a bit more we would have paid it just to not worry about it.
Post # 10
MrsBiscuit – you may want to check out yelp.com to find out about other options for sitters as well. It’s great because you can get a lot of feedback from current/past clients. I think that contacting the students is a great idea, especially if CPR certified and have clearances as mentioned by JeniRae.
Here’s the search to get you started!
@Lillindy – That’s about the same age as most of our potential younger guests and that’s what the same time as well. Your venue is GORGEOUS! I’m bummed we didnt’ stumble upon that site! We already have a venue for our ceremony – The Allied Arts Guild. I contacted them to see what our childcare options might be. I think it’s a great idea to provide this service. I am concerned about offending some of our guests and this way they’ll be able to make that decision about bringing along their little ones, and not us. So you had a good experience and it was worth it? We are still deciding. I think that the $$ will be the major factor in our decision.
Post # 11
Hi everyone. I just wanted to thank everyone for their great ideas!!! My venue doesn’t offer a sitter but if they did that would be awesome! I am definitely going to check out my gym and the schools around here.
Post # 12
@luckyinluv: Yes, it was a great experience and SO worth it. The kids were in and out, but they enjoyed the room and the little basket of toy/activities we put together for them. Weddings can be so boring for kids, so I think they enjoyed feeling like they were thought about.