(Closed) Hiring babysitters for the reception – would like advice, esp. from parents

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It sounds to me like you’ve put a lot of thought into this. I offered babysitting for ages 3 and under for my wedding (young enough that it would be a real problem leaving them with family for a weekend) – in our case, our friends who live a few blocks from the restaurant where we had our wedding offered their house as the babysitting site, and I hired an early chilldhood education major from the school where I teach. She has current CPR and babysitting certification, and impressive references. I ended up with only 2 babies, one 6 months old and one 4 months old, both from first-time parents. Had there been more, I’d have hired an additional sitter.

The most important things for the parents who needed the babysitting seemed to be proximity to the wedding (close enough to rush over in a minute in an emergency), easy communication with the babysitter (who freely gave them her cell number and took theirs, and who cheerfully encouraged them to call her to check on the babies as frequently as they wanted), and having her resume and other information well in advance (I forwarded them a map to the house, and her resume and contact information 2 weeks in advance). The idea of leaving their little ones in a strange place with a stranger was hard for them, and they got much more comfortable once they could see where and who, and had time to check her references if they chose.

Long reply, but I hope it helps! In our case, everyone had a great experience and it went beautifully. 

Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

From a parent’s perspective, I think it’s really nice you provided this option, but I would not use it.  My children are young (2 and 4 months) so I wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving them with an unknown caregiver.  However, if my children were older (say 7/8 and up?), and they prefferred to stay with the sitter, I’d probably let them do that and just check up on them regularly.

Post # 5
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are having a babysitter right under our venue. We are letting parents know that our reception is not kid friendly: there will be an open bar, speeches and formal dances, and lots of patience required. All kids will be given a place if they want to come, but if they would rather play in the playroom, that is totally cool too. The way we phrased it on our wedding site is:

Are children invited? Yes, children are absolutely invited! We view weddings as an opportunity to bring families together and think children add to the celebration. 

For the ceremony, there is no crying room and no place to walk around if a child is fussing, but we welcome you to enter and exit the church as you wish. There are doors on either side of the church, as well as in the back, if you need to step out for a few minutes.

During the reception we will be having babysitters at our venue. The children can hang out in the kids’ room all night or stay upstairs and dance the night away. We will be having a children’s menu of chicken tenders and french fries. We will plan to have your kids sit upstairs with you during dinner, but feel free to send them downstairs at any point.

Post # 6
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I am not a parent but I wouldn’t be comfortable leaving my kids with a hired stranger.  If you are going to do this you should check with the hotel because there could be some legal/ liability issues for both them and you.

Post # 8
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Honestly I would be more likely to use someone you personally know. If I knew you well enough to trust your judgement!

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