So, you have spent months preparing for this big event and one issue keeps popping up! Who will keep the kids? Well, here are some tips to help you through the process of obtaining the right care for the little ones, so that everyone can enjoy your event without the blues.
1. Hit the Polls…
This is especially helpful for brides who are not yet mothers themselves. Send out a poll to your guests who need care and find out what needs they have for their children for the sitter services that will be provided. Now you have a starting point when meeting with the sitter services you are considering. You are armed with a list of questions from the parents that the sitter will be working with. This is valuable for both the parents and the sitter.
Remember each guest will have different needs when it comes to their child. Some will need an active sitter that is capable of running around playing active games. Out of town guests who have really young toddlers or even infants may need a sitter that comes with napping equipment. Others may have older children who need a sitter that can speak their language…lol, lmbo, ttyl etc..
When you know the needs of your guests, it helps to make the sitter selection much easier. This poll will give you the needs of your guests and they will thank you for thinking about them.
2. Kids and drinks…
So what do you do when a parent has been drinking and now it’s time to go? One way to handle this (and probably the safest) is to place the guests with children in the same hotel and have the children’s area be located in that hotel. That way no one is driving under the influence with their children on board. Safety first applies to wedding days too.
3. It’s my party…
Ok, your turn! Don’t forget about what your own needs (or wishes) are. Do you want to enjoy a dance or two with your littlest nieces and nephews before they go off and enjoy their own party time? Will you be more comfortable with the children having in and out “privileges” to the dance floor or do you prefer they stay in the designated children’s area? Will the sitter be able to accommodate your wishes? Be sure to thoroughly think about how you want the children to interact during the ceremony and festivities because ultimately, it is your party. Enjoy it!
Planning your big day is a lot of work, but when you take time to include the needs of your guests with children in tow, it can help to make the day a beautiful experience for everyone.
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