This topic comes up with almost every wedding that I do. You are having an amazing, elegant, evening wedding, with a full bar, and most of your guests have children, right? Instead of trying to figure out how to “not” invite them, without hurting anyone’s feelings, why not include them in a very special way that will benefit everyone! Chances are, your local daycare will have some staff members that would love to make a little extra money on the weekends. Think about it, if you “hire” a childcare professional, they are already used to entertaining kids that do not already know each other, they are great with group activities and most of all, they are fun! It wouldn’t be tacky at all to include this information in the invitation ~ in fact, it’s really gracious! Hand-write a personal note (don’t put in printed cards) to those with children. Say something like: “Marcie, we’re having a babysitter at the reception, so I’d love for you to bring Brian along! Let me know if that sounds like a plan. Can’t wait to see you! Love, Anne.” ~~ Your thoughtfulness will be greatly appreciated, even if your guests chose to not bring their children!
So, we are at the reception now, keep the kids entertained. Make a kids table, off to the side, from the main reception table set up area. Cover their table with white craft paper, add a centerpiece of a basket of crayons, non-permanent markers, stickers, and glitter glue! You might even consider kids creating a keepsake that can be framed. Also, have a reception meal option just for children. It may save you a chunk of change, and little kids are going to prefer chicken nuggets to chicken a l’orange anyway! Talk to your reception site manager or wedding caterer about your options. Many places provide special meals for children that cost half the price!!!Your guests will be able to fully enjoy your wedding, and everyone, including the kids, will have an evening of memories that will last a lifetime!