Dear Wendy K
I know this can be a touchy subject, but I would rather not have kids at my wedding. How do you suggest I tell people “NO KIDS ALLOWED”?
Grown Ups Only
Dear Grown Ups Only,
Don’t stress!!!! I completely understand why you might not appreciate having young children attending your wedding. If the child is in the bridal party, i.e. flower girl or ring bearer, then you might choose to agree to have them attend the Cocktail Hour. Once that is over and the Reception begins, they should be sent home or up to their room with a pre-arranged babysitter. I always have a family member that the child is familiar with to be at the staging area prior to the Ceremony as well as someone sitting where the child can see them as they walk down the aisle. One “unappreciated sound”, and the child should be taken away – pre or post ceremony.
As far as uninvited children of guests that request for their children to be invited ——– this is your decision not theirs. You can simply explain that this is an adult party and children do not belong there. As your planner, I would hire a nanny service as well as set up a separate room with pillows, blankets, games, snacks and movies. This way, the children and the adults can have fun — and never the twain shall meet. If all else fails — just blame me!!