(Closed) DW Brides: Did you/Will you have children at your ceremony & reception?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: What should I do about children during DW?
    Not mention children at all on invites : (8 votes)
    36 %
    Mention Children are welcome and child care is available and hope they are wellbehaved. : (5 votes)
    23 %
    Mention just child care available if they prefer : (6 votes)
    27 %
    Say children over x age welcome : (2 votes)
    9 %
    Other, please explain below : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    268 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We didn’t mention it on our invites (but we didn’t mind if people did bring kids) and some people did first say they were bringing their kids. However, everyone has decided to leave kids with grandparents etc. and have a proper grown up holiday! Hope it works out for you! 🙂

    Post # 4
    8669 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Are you having a wedding website or putting together an info pack for your guests about the resort etc? I would just put it in there and not on the invite. I would also mention on the website/info pack that you will be providing childcare for anyone who wants to utilise it during the ceremony/reception in case they want to live it up. Leave it up to the parents to decide if they want to pop them in there or not.

    We had 3 babies/toddlers at our Destination Wedding and none of them made a peep or were disruptive.


    Post # 6
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’m not saying anything about children on my invitations, but I will list the addressees so it’s clear children are invited. When I sent out my save the dates, I hand wrote a short note in a card to each guest (and Fiance did same for his guests) and I mentioned to guests with small children that children were welcome and that we were hoping to have (optional) babysitting services available for those parents who wanted to use it. I know that not all parents are comfortable leaving their children with unknown babysitters so I wouldn’t try to enforce it. 

    Once I get the RSVPs back and see for sure who’s planning on bringing kids, I may contact those people and ask whether they’d be interested in having the babysitting service available. I don’t want to set it up if no one is going to use it, but I would like it to be an option if anyone might use it, mostly because my reception is going to have a live band, open bar, etc., and while I have no problem with kids at receptions if they’re having fun, I’m thinking it might be a bit much for smaller kids.

    I’m not going a resort weddig – just getting married in a different city from where I live – so the logistics of setting up babysitting will be a bit more complicated for me.

    Post # 7
    400 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    No children it was an all adult resort. In the STD’s I made a comment like leave the kiddies at home and get ready for some fun in the sun

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