Do I include guests' babies on wedding invitations if they're too small to eat the food but invited?
I'm having people RSVP through my wedding website, and the way it works is when you put in your name, your whole family that is invited pops up (Provided I put them there) and for each member you select whether or not you are coming and what dish you want.
I know that when people specifically don't want children at their wedding they address the invitations to "Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Sally Smith" as opposed to "The Smith Family." I don't want to go with the latter because I do want to be specific about who I invite.
Some toddlers might be old enough to eat the food but some of the younger babies won't be old enough for more than a couple bites.
So how do I do this? Do I just let the babies have a meal selection and hope the parents are super hungry? Or do I take them off the invitations and tell the parents themselves that the children are invited?
- joinme4coffeeLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
I will answer as a mom that has raised 3 kids and those 3 kids have attended many weddings. Any child over 2 or 3 needs a seat. I can seat a younger child in a stroller at the table, but at 2 or 3 they will only sit in my lap for a short period. But they don't necessarily need a meal. I always would bring snacks and share my meal with them.
Honestly, if you're having kids at your reception, a buffet is a better choice. You don't have to worry about any guest too young to need a meal. In your situation, your RSVP cards should list the meal choices and spaces for guest to fill in the number next to each selection. Can't imagine that any mom or dad would request a meal for a 5 month old. Also, talk with your caterer. Many offer a choice of a kid's meal.
- ErikaLv 44 years ago
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- CrazyChickLv 77 years ago
I'd address the invites to the Smith Family, because I assume you are actually inviting everyone. If you want to include the names of each family member, that would be okay, too.
I've never done an RSVP set up like that, but can you have the names of each guest, and as one of the meal options, say something like "None"? That way, if little Ashley Smith will be enjoying baby food her parents bring, you know she'll be there, but you won't be paying for a meal for her or wasting food.
- MeghanLv 77 years ago
Be specific about who you are inviting. List children's names on the RSVP. I'd make options for a meal selection, including no meal or child's meal. You caterer will make meals specific for kids, and you won't be charged for babies who do not eat a meal. However, the babies will need a chair even if they don't eat. List each individual and multiple meal options.
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- FaithLv 67 years ago
Normally for a wedding if you know for a fact that the child cannot be left in the care of babysitter or on their own: such as still breastfeeding then the invitation still says Dear Mr&Mrs.Smith. THEN on the side you can tell them that you know they may need to bring bub and that's ok. Offer any help like do they need anything in particular on the day to be present? Like a room for bub to sleep in or maybe a quiet area for mum and bub to breastfeed. Offer it but you don't need names on invites.
As for other kids - you either go whole hog or not. kids that are old enough to be babysat and you don't want any at the wedding/reception you don't put names on invites. just parents. IT is then the parents duty to approach you on if they need kids there or not. Or just one kid. OR WHATEVER.
Not your issue unless you specifically invite ALL the kids. It doesn't work inviting just one set and not the other. Personally we have an age barrier. So anyone under 16 is not invited to wedding.
If you are inviting kids you then put names on invite so it is clear you want them there and then for those invites involving kids have a kids info sheet. Such as foods.
You may want to organise a game/play area for kids at reception. Which can simply be a sectioned off area or a rug or a corner. OR something. Provide a few games - ring toss, snakes and ladders, coloring pages what nots.
Like I said. it's either ALL or NONE.
Talk to partner about what you want and decide.
- Blundt CakeLv 77 years ago
Add another meal/dish option to the rsvp-- something like "Kid's Plate" or whatever.
Tell whoever is doing the food to make up X number of kid-friendly snack plates or smaller versions of the dinner being served.
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- my 2 centsLv 77 years ago
Yes, because they still need a chair to sit in, even if they're not eating the food.
- priker2Lv 47 years ago
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