Whether or not to invite children to your wedding is a dilemma many couples encounter. You may already have children yourselves, or you may have family and friends with young children. Should you decide not to invite children to your big day – be prepared for the backlash, as well as the possibility that some guests may decide to decline your invitation altogether.
So what is the solution I hear you cry? A wedding crèche! Wedding crèches are still a relatively new idea, although have been growing in popularity in the Home Counties for a few years now. A crèche alleviates the stress of worrying if the children will play-up, get bored/tired/fidgety/mischievous etc throughout the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception.
A crèche company usually operates in a separate room at your reception venue. Usually, if you are spending a tidy-sum with the reception provider anyway, they will be only too happy to throw in a smaller function room. A small conference sized- room is usually adequate, but obviously this depends on the number of children that need to be cared for. The crèche provider will then provide toys and activities to keep the children happy for a few hours. Toys should be age-appropriate and should cater for the age-range of the children attending. Staff on duty should be qualified in childcare (usually Nursery Nursing) and a good crèche provider should have a first aider on duty.
Typically a wedding crèche commences when guests arrive at the reception and runs throughout the wedding breakfast and speeches, usually running for about 3 hours.
If you thought a wedding crèche is only for couples who are rich or famous, think again! Although some crèche companies can charge over £500 for a crèche – shop around – Bumbles Wedding Crèche Service based in the East Midlands offers a professional and personal service, with a range of fantastic activities for the children, with prices starting from just £195 for a 2 hour crèche.
Check staff are trained, experienced and uniformed. All staff are CRB cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau and a first aider is on duty at all times. Activities could include party games with prizes, making cards for the bride and groom, and story & singing sessions.