Seating Chart and kids

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The only children i am allowing at the reception are my kids and my fiances kids because they are in the bridal party. They will not be staying the entire night either. Kids under the age of 2 will have to sit by their parents without a doubt. Children say over the age 5, have a kids table set up with butcher paper rolled out on it with some kids games and a ton of crayons(get the idea) but all in all they will have to be supervised just as well. Maybe pay a older child in the family to sit and watch them until dinner is finished. The crayons and games should be enough to keep them busy for at least the dinner hr. Good Luck hope you figure it out.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I am putting all the kids next to their parents (they range from 7mo-8 years old).  I know they would be more comfortable with their kids sitting next to them.  I will still have stuff for the kids at each table.  I am "reserving" seats for all kids because they will either need a high chair, booster seat or regular chair and they all take up space.  For example, one table will be my 6 adults and 4 kids (8mo, two 3 year olds and a 1 yr old).

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have a 2 yr old and i sure would not be able to enjoy my dinner if she had to sit on my lap. She is always on the move. I would probably have to go change clothing if she were to eat dinner sitting on my lap..lol not just the mess from her but from myself. Thanks for the smile im sitting her with the picture in my head of her flinging her arms around and dumping chocolate milk on us..haha

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Agreed.  And I think that was naangel55’s comment too. That whatever age they are, they’ll be taking up an "official space" because they’ll either be in a chair or highchair, not in a prent’s lap.  I could see if you have a very young infant, (under 6 months) not putting them in a their own seat.  Most of those tackers will be drinking from a bottle, and not able to sit in a highchair anyway.

Post # 8
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85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I hired a babysitter to be on venue for the relative’s kids. It wasn’t that much money. Maybe they won’t use it (my venue runner said she would put em to work doing something else since they are her relatives:) Maybe the baby might just nap with the babysitter and the parents can dance? We’ll see what happens, but I think it’s worth it!

You might look into that! 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think you should ask each set of parents what type of seating arrangement is best for each child.  Some children may need their own seat but need a booster seat on the chair.  Some may need highchairs. Little babies may be able to stay in a carrier, but I’d ask the parents if they want to put the carrier on the floor or put in on a chair. 

I know it’s a pain to call each set of parents, but that’s really the only way you’re going to learn what everyone’s needs are.  Good luck!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Any child, from carseat age to 18, will need a space at the table IMO. Kids in carseats {newborn-9mo} usually can sit at a table with an underside down highchair. Or some people put them on the floor {I never did because I was just sure somebody would spill something on them}, but you still need a place for everybody. I would sit all the kids with their parents, unless their parents think you could do a kid’s table, but I wouldn’t do it for anybody under 5.

Post # 10
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129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I am having this same issue. Do I give a child under the age of 3 a seat to themselves? or have them sit on the parents lap. I have about 7-8 of them.

What should I do?

Post # 11
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4040 posts
Honey bee

I would think you have to leave a space for a high chair, or provide a chair on which to strap a booster seat, or if they have them a sling (some restaurants so), in which to place a car seat.

I have two grandchildren, under the age of one, and there’s no way that someone would have been able to hold them, over an entire, 4 hour, seated reception.

P.S. My daughter’s venue required a chair/space, for every baby, that wasn’t carried in a sling/worn on a parents’ body. Each one of those chairs/spacess counted for the venue occupancy. Each seat required a chair cover rental, 1/8th of the tablecloth rental and centerpiece cost = over $20 just to provide a seat space. We decided pretty quickly that the wedding would be age 21 and up. I did give the bride’s cousin the option on bringing her 2.5 month old, but she didn’t.

 

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