You’ve done it! You’ve finally decided whether or not you are inviting kids to the reception. Another hard decision checked off the list! So, now what? Well, first things first, you have to specify your decision.

When you are prepared to mail out save the dates, and then later on, your invitations, you should specify on the invitation exactly who is invited. List the names of the children if you are inviting them or just list the parent’s names, if children are not invited. 

How do you specify if children are invited?

If your decision was to not invite kids, it may be worth a quick phone call to the parents to explain your decision. This way, there’s no confusion when they receive the invitation but it’s also nice for the parents to hear it directly for you and they may be a little more understanding.

If your decision was to invite kids, then there are a few logistical things to keep in mind as you are making your reception plans. 

  • While you don’t have to it’s nice to have a kid’s room or at least coloring book at the seat to keep them busy at the reception.
  • Children under the age of 2 probably don’t need their own seat or a meal, but over that age they probably will need a seat and a kid’s meal.
  • If you do provide a separate kid’s room with a babysitter then the babysitter won’t count in your formal headcount (but you should probably feed him or her like any other vendor!). But if you allowed your sister to bring a babysitter for your nephew at the reception, then that babysitter will need a seat and meal.

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