A Wedding is such an important day to share with friends and family and often a number of those special people include babies and young children. Many Couples agonise over the question of whether to invite children to their Wedding.
It doesn’t matter how well behaved a child is, they can be disruptive when they become tired and restless. Children, especially young ones, are unable to always sit quietly during the Wedding or Reception. They have short attention spans and are very energetic and exuberant in nature – it’s who they are!
Regardless of whether you choose to invite your younger guests or feel obligated to do so, they should be looked after and catered for. We can assist in alleviating the extra pressure on you, to help make your day run as smoothly and hassle free as possible, while ensuring the day just as special for the children!
Here are some helpful tips to allow you to make an informed decision.
Make it clear who's invited
Don’t forget there is no right or wrong answer – It’s Your Wedding! Your Day!
It needs to be made crystal clear ‘who’ is included on invitations so that parents can make alternative arrangements if necessary. If children are not allowed at the Ceremony or Reception, then this will assist them with making the decision to bring the children with them and have a Babysitter for the night or leave them at home.
When you send out your invitations, take some extra time to call to your friends and family who have children to explain if your Wedding is or isn’t child-friendly. This is an especially effective approach if you’re worried about your guests bringing their children against your wishes.
Children are not always invited to weddings. It’s one of the many wedding planning decisions that can be difficult for the couple to make and a little awkward for guests. Having ‘No Children’ at your Wedding could be about wanting to give guests who are parents a ‘night off’ celebrating your nuptials with you.
If you decide not to have children at your wedding let friends and family know well in advance so that they can arrange a Babysitter.
Ceremony Yes, Reception No?
“Ceremony only” invitations might seem like a great idea but think of the mothers who not only have to get themselves ready but also get them dressed in their good or new clothes, sometimes for such a short period of time.
Some guests may wish to share the special moments during the Ceremony with their children and then have the option to relax at the Reception and enjoy their evening whilst the children are being cared for by one of our South Coast Nannies.
Managing the Children
Keeping your younger guests entertained can be challenging at the best of times and with the mountain of details you need to organise for your wedding it is easy to overlook your younger guests.
An Activity Table at the Reception is an option, however, an unsupervised group of children is the fastest way to go from elegant reception to mischievous behaviour. Wedding Nannies at the table can ensure all the children receive their correct meals and drinks, supervise dinner, and assist with toileting or nappy changes.
Our Wedding Activity Room is ideal for children attending Weddings. If the venue can accommodate a room or area, we provide a fun and exciting kit of resources which include developmental and age appropriate experiences for all the children to engage with.
Our Wedding Nannies ensure that all the children receive their correct meals and drinks, supervise dinner, assist with toileting or nappy changes, bottles, and ensure that they are having a fabulous time.
Ask for Child Friendly meal options
Be thoughtful when choosing the food you would like served for the children. Most caterers are willing to provide a separate meal plan for the younger guests. It will be less expensive for you and the children will be happier with food they are familiar with.
Some popular options include chicken nuggets, mini-pizza’s and pasta. As children eat on a schedule, consider having the event staff serve the children their meals first, especially at an evening Reception.
Maintain a Sense of Humour
Weddings are an important occasion, in bringing families and friends together, and often it is a very early, exciting and busy day for all.
Dedicating a small amount of time to cater for your younger guests will create an enjoyable atmosphere for all your guests. This will ensure that the only tears on your wedding day will be tears of happiness – not the cries of bored or restless children.
Give your parents ‘peace of mind’ , so that they can relax and enjoy the occasion knowing that their children are in the care of qualified, experienced, mature, and professional Wedding Nannies and Babysitters.