(Closed) We’re giving parents the option….thoughts?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For those of you who would like to enjoy the reception childfree, childcare will be provided  at the home of _____________ (insert address) between the hours of _ and _ .

Please let us know how many children will require care.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I would also add in the beginning, “Children are certainly welcome at our event. However, for those…(I love @julies1949’s wording for the rest!) Maybe add in that it’s complimentary?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

THis is a great idea, and very considerate of your guests! 

Depending on the age of the kidds and the number of kiddos, you might want to add a second sitter at your house just to keep things sane and safe.  Once you have a number in mind, you can talk to the sitter and see what her comfort level is.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It depends on the ages of the kids.  If they will be over the age of 4, it’s much easier and I’d say 1 teenage sitter per 5-6 kids.  If that’s the case, I think it would be fine to let your sitter bring some friends.

If there will be younger kids, keep in mind that kids between the ages of 7-9 months (crawlers) to 2-3 years will literally need to be watched almost EVERY second, because those of the ages when they do things like choke on things they put in their mouths, pull tvs down on top of themselves, whack their heads on coffee tables….they are little bundles of danger.  So, if there will be many kids that age, I’d shoot for one teenage sitter per 3 kids, or one adult sitter per 4-5 kids.  And, in that case I’d push more for the sitter’s mom to just plan on being there.

And again, I think it’s really fantastic that you are doing this.  I think of wedding planning as planning a big dinner party, and the key to a successful party is taking your guests needs into  consideration.  You are doing a fantastic job!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This is a very thoughtful and considerate thing to do for your guests!!  Great idea!

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