Post # 1
So I finally verified the maximum number of people who can be at our venue, which is a bit tough because our list is JUST about at that number, with more people to add. Of course, I know not everyone will come, but I want the number to be as low as possible. I’ve already done some cutting (taking away guests for people who don’t REALLY need guests, taking off names of people who don’t really need to be invited)…
And I also realized that of the names on our list, many of them are people’s children…there’s probably 3 or 4 who are three and younger. We’re not doing a “no baby/child” rule so the expectation is that they’ll come. But do kids that age need seats separate from their parents? Would they count in the “maximum” number of seats?
Post # 3
I work at a country club where we do events and usually we would have to count those seats too. It’s only because you have to have an actual chair for them and place at the table. But you can call them to ask and they will tell you their policy! Good luck!
Post # 4
My mom told me that breast-feeding infants get exceptions for the no-kids rule, and that since they’re pretty much just attached to their mothers they don’t count toward anything (seats, guest count, etc). Children older than that, however, do. This is all according to her.
Post # 5
I think that seats and “head count” for food are different, in my mind.
For example, an infant who is in a car seat will *probably* be held by mom and dad the whole time, but mom and dad might also opt to bring the carrier and place it in the seat next to them if baby is still asleep. If it’s between taking them out and having a screaming baby or bringing in a car seat, I would prefer they have a chair for the car seat!
Food, however, is not always the same. Our caterer has a policy called “In Mother’s Arms” that basically says children 2 and under are free, children 3-6 are 1/2 price, and 7+ are full price.
In general, I think it’s best to shoot high. I would personally rather have a few empty chairs than have parents leave early b/c they feel obligated to hold their kids all night.
Post # 6
Thank you both! That definitely makes sense. Hmm…I guess the next best step is to cross my fingers that people won’t come…:-)