Wedding Reception Q&As

Answers to your questions about toasting, timing, and traditional reception rites and rituals.

Q: We would like to provide a few babysitters for our guests' children during the reception. How should we let parents know? 

A: That’s a great idea. We all know that little ones can become restless or disruptive during a wedding ceremony, but with a couple of sitters available they’ll get attention and have some activities to keep them occupied. And their parents can let loose and have some fun! For a small number of guest with children, call the parents directly to alret them; if their are quite a few parents to notify, enclose a separate card in their invitations stating that babysitters will be provided. I’m sure the moms and dads will be grateful, and if they have any concerns about the type of care their kids will receive, they’ll have ample time to contact you about the specifics. Even though some of the parents may bring along toys for their little ones, you might want to supply some games, crayons and coloring books. Also, consider a special kids’ menu (hamburgers, pasta, fries, ice cream) to keep the tiny tots happy.

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