(Closed) What do I do with children during the ceremony…?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i don’t think it’s totally unreasonable. my church has a “crying room” for kids and it was open during the ceremony. before our ceremony started, our parish musician said a quick welcome and mentioned that the crying room would be available if anyone needed it. the good thing about the room there is that you can still see/hear everything that’s going on so no one feels like they’re missing out anything.

thankfully, it was very quiet during my ceremony. i didn’t hear a peep from any kids.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I actually think that that is a brilliant idea. Can you organise a movie or something to be played for them? Could you hire an outside babysitter? I would put a little extra card warning parents about your plan in your invitation so that at least they aren’t taken by surprise. 

Post # 6
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1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

That’s a great idea. The parents will probably appreciate the gesture.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would encourage the parents to take their own children to the nursery. I don’t think it’s up to you to provide a sitter. I think the parents can look after their own children, especially if you can still hear and see the ceremony from the nursery.

To facilitate an easy exit for the parents, Iwould calculate how many rows of pews are likely to be occupied by the number of guests you have invited, and have your ushers seat any families in the last 2 of those rows and close to the aisle.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The church that I go to now has a “Cry Room”.  Most new parents or those with rowdy young ones go up there and observe/participate in the service.  Any chance that your church has this?  You could offer a baby-sitter (maybe from the church’s youth group?) but also allow the parents to stay with their kids. They’ll still see the ceremony in all it’s glory– you just won’t be able to hear the kiddos!

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Marking this for later after I rewatch my wedding video.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@silkspectre94:  There’s a space room?!?! Can I be a kid at your wedding? Please? 😛

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Just out of curiosity, will all the children attending be familiar with the church, or are there additional kids of other guests?  I ask simply because some people don’t want their children supervised by someone they don’t know.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@anothersmith:  I was always super paranoid about babysitters, but I was always pretty relaxed about leaving my kids in a creche with someone I didn’t know, because (1) I was in the same building so they could come and get me if there was a problem. (2) (for a wedding) it’s only 1/2 an hour or so, (3) with lots of other adults going in and out it’s hard for something bad to happen.

So I think OP will find that most parents will be ok with this. I think paying one or two youth group girls to do this is a great idea.

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