Have you thought about the Children?
Many Couples agonise over the question of whether to invite children to their wedding.
A wedding is such a important day to share with friends and family and often a number of those special people include babies and young children. Quite often they can really make the day and give you a nice family feel. To relieve the extra pressures our goal is to help make the day run as smooth and hassle free as possible, while making the day just as special for the little ones!
It is becoming more and more popular for couples to choose to have children at their wedding. We offer ‘peace of mind’ to parents 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. The children enjoy themselves, with age appropriate activities, and are able to feel involved and included with their family.
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.
“Children at the ceremony, we’d love them on the scene.
Reception time, however, is an adult’s only theme.”
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 a stubborn friend or flaky relative bringing their children against your wishes. A telephone call is a great way to inform the parents know that their children will be well taken care of at the wedding.
Having ‘No Children’ at your wedding could be about wanting to give guests who are parents a ‘night off’. Some guests would like to be able to share special moments with their children and then have the option to relax at the Reception and enjoy their evening. There are plenty of opportunity for children to be part of the celebration and then cared for when it gets late. Weddings are a big occasion in bringing all the family together and often it is a very early, exciting and busy day for all.
Ceremony Yes, Reception No?
“Ceremony only” invitations for children might seem like a great idea but think of the mothers who not only have to get themselves ready but also get the children dressed in their good or new clothes, sometimes for such a short period of time. If some children are staying on and some are going home after the ceremony there’s nothing’s worse to a child than seeing other children head off to a party while they have to head home.
Keeping children 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. Children have short attention spans, therefore it is unrealistic to expect children, especially small ones, to sit quietly during the wedding or reception.
Another way to keep the children safe and entertained during the celebrations is to use our specialised Wedding Services to create diversions and cater for all the children’s needs. Children attending any event are out of their routine and in a new environment, with some also having had a very early start to the day. For example when they are part of the Bridal Party.
Regardless of whether you choose to invite your younger guests or feel obligated to do so, they should be looked after and catered for by qualified and caring professionals. It doesn’t matter how well behaved a child is, they can be disruptive when they become tired and restless.
Managing the Children
Another option for the children seated at the reception, is an Activity Table, however an unsupervised group of children is the fastest way to go from elegant reception to mischievous behaviour.
All children’s experiences vary, sometimes it is the first wedding that they have been to and are unaware of the importance of the day. Our services create safe environments, games and entertainments, craft activities and then quiet times for the end of the night.
Wedding Nannies can also ensure all the children receive their correct meals and drinks, supervise dinner, and assist with toileting or nappy changes.
We have had many testimonials with the services we provide. With the children being cared for by a Wedding Nanny, parents can relax and celebrate the special occasion with their family and friends.
Ask for Child Friendly meal options
Be thoughtful when choosing the food you would like to serve for to the little ones. Most caterers are willing to provide a separate meal plan for children. 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. Consider having the event staff serve the children their meals first, especially at an evening reception, as children eat on a schedule. Children are not very patient when they are hungry and tired.
Maintain a Sense of Humour
Despite the fear that people will instill in you for inviting children, they do bring instant surprises to a wedding (not to mention a lot of laughs). Dedicating a small amount of time to cater for your younger guests will create an enjoyable atmosphere for all your guests and parents so that they can relax and enjoy the occasion. This will ensure that the only tears on your wedding day will be tears of happiness – not the cries of bored or restless children. Not only will the children appreciate it, but their parents will also be able to relax and enjoy the celebrations.