(Closed) Kids at weddings

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 18
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Initially I had thought we’d spring for a sitter and put all the kids who showed up in a separate room…but then after attending a few more weddings and noticing how inconsiderate people were about managing their kids (fingers in the cake…crying during the ceremony…dancefloor takeover for hours…) I decided I couldn’t risk it that the parents wouldnt just find some excuse to bring their kids in if they were on site at all. 

So now we’re doing a strictly adults only wedding, and just letting a couple of the nursing mothers know that they can leave their babies in the “nursery”, but that there won’t be any activities, kids meals, etc., for older children. Just a sleeping/nursing room for the couple of newborns with a qualified person watching over them. We’re also recommending a sitting service and a hotel with a sitting service on our wedding website. 

Post # 19
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Apparently, I am the odd one out, we have the possibility of up to and over 50 children attending our wedding.  I think kids are the best part of a wedding, and am planning on have a parade of flower girls and ring bearers!  Kids are often the ones that get the party started on the dance floor, and do all those little ‘quirky’ things that are memorable! 

I will also be getting a bounce house and probably an attendant (or babysitter) for the bounce house and other child friendly activities.

We are having a pretty laid back wedding and reception, but I want to share that with all my friends and family, including the children! It’s often something they don’t forget. 

Happy Planning!!

Post # 20
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We invited quite a few kids to our wedding (in the area of 30 or 35). Obviously, it depends on the group, but most of my family/friends have opted to leave their kids with other relatives or with a babysitter. We will only have 6 kids at the wedding!

Post # 21
3470 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I know you don’t want a kids table at your formal reception, but honestly– that’s the BEST way to keep them entertained, if you don’t want disruptions, give them something else to do.

Maybe see if there’s somewhere out of site you can set up some space where they can play, or even a seperate room you can put a TV and a stack of disney movies? But keep them occupied, and you’ll hardly notice they’re there. 

Post # 22
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m really excited about all of the kids that will be at our wedding. We have a huge family, so there will be lots of kids. Hopefully, I’ve planned enough fun stuff that they won’t get bored and will have as much fun as the adults. 

Post # 23
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

The invitations already went out, so you can’t suddenly uninvite the children.  That means you are pretty much stuck.  You will either need to find a babysitter or have a craft table/favor bags/some form of entertainment for the kids.  It’s either that, or have 40 bored children.  40 bored children will make their own entertainment, and you probably won’t like it.  The kids are not going to care that you spent big bucks on a ballroom, all they are going to know is, “There’s nothing to DOOOOOOOO!”

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