Post # 1
I need some help ladies. I’m kind of stuck with deciding what to do with the children coming to our wedding. I give you a once over as to my situation. I’m an aunt to soon to be 11 nephews and nieces (ranging from a few months old to 12 yrs old by the time the wedding is here) I also have 2 younger half siblings (11 & 12 at time of wedding) that I don’t want to exclude from the ceremony and reception. My Fiance and I also don’t want our friends that have kids feel bad that we won’t allow them to bring their children if they see the close family kids attending. And we want the parents of the children attending to have a good time. So 1.) I don’t feel we can completely have a kid free wedding day. 2.) With there being majority of younger kids and our reception occuring at 7pm-midnight at a hotel, I feel that doesn’t really work with a kid friendly time frame. So I’m wondering should I possibly rent a hotel room and bring a DVD player, some activity books, and order them pizza? This allows the parents to check in at their convienence. I’m just unsure how to make this work. I know we just made it an adults only reception. We would get a lot of family members (siblings included) that would be mad and probably not even come. *sigh* Any ideas?
Post # 3
I love your solution to hire a babysitter.
I don’t think ONE person will be mad at you for having an adult only event with a kids event upstairs. I would word it like this: The reception is adult only with a kid party upstairs with food, movies and games.
Post # 4
We kind of have this same issue. I think we are going to pay 2 of my cousins to watch the kids in a sepreate part of the banquet hall. we are having a ALOT ofkids in the wedding party but we have let it be known that the reception ends at 1am so we would prefer that if your child is not aprt of the wedding party, that they remain at home.
Post # 5
they are siblings, nieces and nephews. So I don’t think anyone would have a problem with them being the only children. It’s a good idea to have a place for kids to go, whether its a table with activities or a room with supervision. Obviously you can’t toss them in there with out an adult lol. Maybe hire a few babysitters to hang out and supervise any children left in there. You can put an ad up on a college campus looking for people that are studying to be teachers.
Post # 6
So, I’m a little confused. Kids are invited to the wedding but they won’t actually be at the wedding?
I honestly never saw the need for having a separate space or table for kids. Growing up in my family and culture kids are ALWAYS part of weddings. They weren’t sleeping in strollers or sleeping on chairs or what not. At my wedding it was I believe close to 30% kids and they were all going crazy on the dance floor all night long. They opened it up and closed it down! Kids imo are the best part of a wedding.
But, if you were going for a uber formal adult only reception then I understand but then why bother inviting the kids at all?
Post # 7
agree with you, but I never liked to dance, you could always find me somewhere coloring lol. So having a place for kids to go if they need to, is a good idea. Kids are smart and know when they need a break. 🙂
Post # 8
As stated above in my post, the kids vary in ages from a few months old to 12 yrs old with the majority of the children ages being a few months to 4 yrs old. My problem with allowing children at that age at a reception from 7 to midnight doesn’t give the most appropriate time for children to be awake.
I want the older kids to have fun and dance along with the adults if they choose to, its the very young nephew/nieces that I’m not sure what to do with. As they will probably tucker out early, I don’t want that to be the end of the nights for the parents too.
Post # 9
I personally think it’s a win-win-win situation, and a terrific idea.
It’s wonderful that the kids will have their own space, obviously. It’s even better that the space is at the same location as the reception, so parents can check in (and out) at their leisure.
I went to a wedding last November where the kids’ room was adjacent to the main reception space, and it was a hit. They had a kid-friendly buffet and hired a babysitter/entertainer to play games with everyone.
You’re a very thoughtful bride!