It's wedding season! From the perfect meal to the perfect dress, there are so many details to handle. We have helped countless brides execute a stress-free wedding with our on-site event child care solutions. Here are the Top 3 questions we get about children at weddings:
I want children in my wedding party but I want an Adult-only reception. Can I have both?
Absolutely! More brides are choosing this option, especially since receptions are getting later and later. Create a "Kid's Club" party in your host hotel or a small room at your venue. Let your flower girl, ring bearer, and bride announcer charm your guests with cuteness during the ceremony then send the them back to a suite decked out with fun toys, games, crafts, movies, and pizza with an insured, cpr/first-aid certified sitter. They'll be happy they were a part of your day but even more grateful they get their very own party while the adult guests enjoy your reception kid-free.
I want children at my wedding but only a select few. Do I have to invite all children?
No, you don't. But it's a delicate subject. We suggest sending an invitation with the number of guests you're inviting on the RSVP card. For example: "We've reserved 2 seats for you. Please say you'll join us. RSVP by..."
You also might want to limit the children you invite to immediate family only. That way, others won't be offended by seeing children and the entire family's answer to those who raise the question will all be the same- "The Bride and Groom wanted children from the family only."
Do the children need a special menu? Meals on average are $40 per person. With a 150-guest wedding that can add up. Let's be honest, kids don't care about the roast duck you chose or the rack of lamb on a bed of pilaf. With kids, keep it simple. If your caterer has a kid's menu choose that. It will usually include pizza, chicken nuggets, and mac and cheese. These dishes are usually alot less expensive AND it's probable you'll have more kids in the "Clean Plate Club".
Want more etiquette advice about children? Check out the blog about The Etiquette of Having Children at Your Wedding on Martha Stewart Weddings.
Source: Carrie Patterson via Martha Stewart Weddings