(Closed) Kid Problems

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
2641 posts
Sugar bee

Could you give a little more info.  How many guests are you wanting to attend?  How many invitations will be sent if you include everyone?  Since it’s a matter of family, are either of your parents willing to help off set the costs?

Do you have an idea of what type of reception you want? If you say backyard BBQ, 10K is petty easy.  If you are looking for something more formal, you might have to be creative.  Sometimes there are venues that are cheap to rent.  Then you can save money on hiring a caterer.  (You just have to watch the cost of renting tables, chairs, linens, if those aren’t provided.) 

You’ve set 5/21 as your day.  Are you willing to consider something less expensive like an off day or month?

Post # 4
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Have you checked with your caterer about costs?

Typically there are different prices for adults (21+) young adults (12-20) and kids (under 12).  Because kids don’t eat as much and don’t drink alcohol they are cheaper.

Perhaps you could work a deal with your caterer given the large number of teen and pre-teen kids?

Also- the PP had a good idea- Friday or Sunday weddings often have cheaper rates.

Post # 5
497 posts
Helper bee

I would either set a specific cut off…i.e. age 12 and older only or I would alter your budget and include everyone. 

Post # 6
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Setting a base age makes it easier to make the cut but I can understand if you are inviting his cousins the desire to invite yours.  If you need ushers kids of that age range can be a very cute choice.

Also if you find your guest list is a bit big for your budget you can always cut it to a dessert reception-those can be sooo much fun!

If you need an excuse to cut the younger ones make it a late ceremony and reception–young kids are usually not at late evening events.   Hope that helps!

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