(Closed) Children at the wedding…

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
47 posts
  • Wedding: December 2009

My cousin was in a similar boat, and she decided to offer a "children’s reception" where after the ceremony, the parents could drop their kids off.  Her reception was in a hotel ballroom (I’m sure you could adapt the location to suit your needs), so she rented a suite upstairs, found some trustworthy teens to babysit, and supplied movies, pizza, and party bags for the kids.  It was perfect because the parents could check on their kids at any time, but could also enjoy the reception.  I’m pretty sure the kids liked it better too.  I plan to do the same thing at my own wedding- it is cost effective, and that way the kids can still be a part of other wedding-weekend activities.

Post # 4
596 posts
Busy bee

Is it going to be a nighttime reception with alcohol?  If so, it hardly seems appropriate to bring young children!  I think you can try to make the case that it wouldn’t be enjoyable or appropriate for the children anyway and their parents would probably appreciate a night out on their own.

Post # 5
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Let your fiancee know/remind him of the cost of each seat and who you will be eliminating from the wedding in order to accomodate children- "It will cost $xxx dollars to have all four kids there, and my friends Mary and Joe and your friends Ruth and Mark won’t be able to come" might be the realization that he needs.

Post # 7
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Offer to hire a babysitter. The parents will be happy to utilize that while they have fun at the reception, and that way you have technically invited the kids, and people can visit with them if they want to.

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