(Closed) No Kids – Should we look into hiring sitters for OOT guests?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think that would be a nice gesture! We had no kids at our rehearsal dinner (lots of Out of Town guests), and we ended up hiring a few high school age kids that live on my parents’ street to take all the kids to Chuck E Cheese for the evening. The parents had fun, the kids had fun… it seemed to work for everyone! 

It did help that we knew the babysitters though (and weren’t just hiring random people). I think  the parents were more comfortable that way. It seems like it would be pretty easy to have a few babysitters at the hotel though!

Post # 4
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we ALMOST did the same thing for Out of Town guests. Decided to include the kids. But it would be really nice of you.

Post # 5
793 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

When I was in high school I got hired to babysit at a wedding. They didn’t have a no kids rule, but they knew that the kids wouldn’t really have that much fun, so they made goody bags for each of the kids and set us up in a room with Disney movies and games. They also had their caterer make little pizzas for us to eat, and they set those up in the kids room too. They hired three of us to babysit, and we had a blast. The kids had a great time and I think the parents enjoyed being able to drop them off or come get them whenever they wanted since we were at the venue.

Post # 6
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would say NO – don’t hire a sitter.  I am in the same situation (guests have kids….we don’t want them at our wedding).  I was considering a sitter, but my lawyer cousin (which also recently got married and had a no kids reception) strongly suggested I do NOT hire a sitter for the kids- if (god forbid) anything would happen to the kids, I would be liable since I hired the sitter.

It is not your job to porvide childcare.  However, I think it is OK to suggest local sitters to your Out of Town guests and let them set up whatever kind of child care they want to.

Oh, and I had asked a friend of mine (who has kids) and she said that, as much as she loves me, she would feel very uncomfortable leaving her kids with a strange sitter.  So even if I hired one, she would probably not use the sitter.  (They are leaving their kids with a friend for the weekend, FYI.)  Just something else to keep in mind – you could waste a lot of time and money on a service that your guests might not even use.

Post # 7
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I agree with PP – most of the people that I polled (since I’m in a similar situation) said that they’d rather just make their own arrangements for childcare.  It is inevitable that people will not be able to come to your wedding because of the no-child decision – even if you try to plan for all scenarios.

Most of my friends with children have never left their kids with anyone besides a family member – so the would not even be open to having a certified childcare person watching their kids.

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