(Closed) The Perfect Venue?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Your wonderful venue bans kids, which will affect some OOT extended family guests. You would...
    Book the dream venue while it's available and try to push the envelope on the policy. : (7 votes)
    70 %
    Plan a smaller celebration in the Groom's hometown for those who can't make the trip. : (1 votes)
    10 %
    Abandon ship and search for a new venue. : (2 votes)
    20 %
    Have a better idea. (Please share below!) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    84 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Will you be inviting others with children or is it just mainly a few out of town guests that have children that will be coming? It is hard to ask them NOT to bring their children, considering they are coming from out of state, where would they go? They would have to find childcare (either in their home state, or in the state of your wedding) which would make things kinda tough on them. Have you talked to the venue at all about the policy? I am sure if there are a few children, that SHOULD not be an issue, after all I am sure you could do some negotiating…I am sure you are paying them a nice chunk of change for their venue, regardless..it doesn’t hurt to ask! OR you could think of arranging some type of childcare for the ones that bring their children if the venue says no, I am sure if you explained to your guests & made arrangements for their children to be taken care of, they would understand!

    Post # 4
    1559 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I know a lot of people hire a babysitter to watch the kids in some other location during the wedding. I’m not personally doing this, but from what I understand it’s pretty common, as it allows parents to enjoy the party and keeps the kiddos from getting cranky. 

    You might check with your venue and see if there is a room at the venue that could serve as the child care room. 


    Post # 5
    261 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    If there is a possibility that the guests with children would not come to the ceremony/reception if children are excluded, I would think of it this way…

    After the wedding, would you regret not having those people there or regret not having your dream venue?

    If the guests with children want to be there, they will make arrangements for their children 🙂 it’s your day, and I don’t think it’s too much to ask or rude at all!

    Post # 6
    3364 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I do not envy your position whatsoever! I am so sorry you are in this pickle!

    I was honest and unless you decided to do an more intimate ceremony and then host a separate reception celebration that you could invite those that have children. What a bummer! I have honestly never came across that but WOW! We have so many youngins in our family that I could never be able to do this. 

    Again, best of luck and I hope something works out for you to have your dream venue! 

    Post # 7
    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    What if you advertise “Adults Only Reception”.  That is not uncommon and would limit the number of guests you have.  Hopefully the venue would make an exception for the family members who bring their children from out of town.  What are they going to do…  kick out your guests on the day of the wedding for bringing children??  I doubt that after all the $$  they will be making from your wedding.

    Post # 9
    473 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @Ms. Anemone:  I am super curious to know where you were going to originally get married and where you are getting married! We were going to have our wedding at Semple Mansion in Mpls but changed last minute because of the age limit thing. Sometimes things just somehow work out!

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