Originally Posted by kerrib
Any of the past brides. Did you have children at your wedding? If so, what did you do with them during the reception? I'm not saying this in an insensitive way, I just want to know if we need to have a plan. We have several children 6 and under that will be at the wedding and I know they won't last the entire reception. Does the resort have "night care" or will the parents of the guests just retire with their children?
It's kind of tough having a DW & deciding whether to bring the kids. I know my brother & all of my friends w/ kids struggled with that decision. They all thought it would be a great family experience & great fun for the kids (which it was for those who brought them), but also wanted to enjoy themselves & have a romantic couple-focused trip w/o having to leave all of the nighttime activities early. In the end most everyone left their kids back home with relatives, which I know is a luxury not everyone has.
We did have 4 with us tho - 3 were DH's niece/nephews (ages 2, 5 & 8), and 1 was the 9 mo old daughter of a friend. My sis-in-law took their 3 kids back to the room, probably around 10 or so, but they had a great time dancing at the reception & lasted almost the whole time. Our friends had a unique situation - they actually flew in her parents from Japan to turn the weekend into a little family reunion & while they did bring the baby to the reception, they took her to the g'parents room around 9 or so.
How many children do you think you'll have? One thing we thought of doing (when we thought more kids would be there) was to bring a bunch of coloring books, crayons, games & foam crafty stuff to create a kids station at the reception. You could give a bag of things to the WC & ask her to have something put at each kids' place setting (or something like that) or set up a separate table with everything. We ended up putting all of those things in the welcome bag for DH's sister & figured they could bring them to the reception if they wanted to (I think I saw 1 coloring book).
Dreams has the explorer's club for kids 3-12, but you'd have to check to see if it's available at night. It's also worth asking the WC if they have babysitters available for hire.