(Closed) should I hire a baby sitting service at my wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Well, look at it this way…it’s your problem if you want people to have a good time at your wedding. You said it yourself that since it’s a day long event, it might be hard for people to find {or afford} sitters, so having somebody there is a great idea IMO. It shows that you care about your guests comfort and the parents will probably reallllllllly appreciate it. That being said, I don’t take my child to weddings, so I wouldn’t need it! 🙂 It’s totally worth the money to my husband and I to not have to worry. We’re not inviting children to our vow renewal, but only because all of our friends have steady sitters and I know that they can find somebody.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I was thinking of doing that as well, but i’m not sure yet. I guess it’ll depend on how many more of my friends have kids… and how many of these friends are from Out of Town so they don’t have family to help them out… as for now, we’ve got a no kids rule (aside from family)… but i have a feeling it may change.

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Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey

Lexia, let us know what you decide to do and if you have a good experience.  I don’t think we have the resources to hire a service ourselves, but we might suggest to our friends that they organize amongst themselves and hire a sitting service.  Do you have a good recommendation?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

This is always a toughie, a lot of parents don’t feel comfortable with a stranger watching their kids. If you can have the kids nearby its much better. I think it also depends on the ages.. most of our kids are the same age (5-8) so they will end up just playing together.  

This is what we are doing… (but note we are having a VERY traditional catholic wedding)

We will have a kids area (play tent, costumes, books, DVD)  set up in the cocktail hour room (nextdoor to the reception hall) with a few babysitters. I figured if the kids dig the kids area during cocktail hour they will stay and if not, they can sit with their parents at the reception. I will try to sit the parents near the cocktail hour room door so if anything comes up they are right there. 

As far as the ceremony goes, I noted on my website that we will be having a mass and NO CRYROOM (over an hour long) so come prepared! I will also have some kids books available if they start to get restless. 

 Just remember what this day is about… sharing a special moment with the people you love. If it means getting a sitter and you can afford it, do it. If you can’t, recommend a local service (there are plent y in LA)

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m planning on having sitters available at the wedding, but not going through a service.  I have a feeling a lot of the kids will end up staying with their parents, which will be fine for some of them; others, I’m hoping will take advantage, as the kiddo’s behavior is not always ideal in "grown-up" times (i.e. anything not directly focused on them). I’m going to pay the sitters a base salary and let them leave if they are not needed, paying extra for the time they stay.  Make sure you check this with your sitters; you may be able to save money if they are either not all needed or not needed for the entire time.  Good luck!

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