Should You Hire a Babysitter for Your Wedding Reception?

Spoiler alert: You might get more "yes" RSVPs if you do.
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Updated Jul 24, 2018
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Adults-only receptions rock. But if you're wondering where the flower girls go after the ceremony, or what to do if you know your cousin Lisa won't travel without her toddler, you might want to consider getting a babysitting service. It's completely up to you—and not at all mandatory or expected—but these are the pros and cons of bringing on a sitter to keep the little ones occupied in a designated room or at a kids' table. (Hint: You can find someone perfect at sites like Care.com or MyFairNanny.)

Con: It comes out of your budget.

Of course, this is one more thing you'll have to pay for. If you don't have a babysitter at your reception, your guests with kids would just hire someone on their own dime. By offering one at the reception, you'll obviously be the one footing the bill instead.

Pro: More people will RSVP "yes."

Good news: Any out-of-town guests that might've been on the fence before (like cousin Lisa) will be way more likely to come if they know their kids will be taken care of at your reception since it's one less stressor off their plate.

Con: It'll take a bit more planning.

Again, it's just another thing you'll have to take on, and if your list is already bursting at the seams with things to do, then this probably shouldn't take high priority. Feel free to skip. Either way, you should let your guests know as soon as possible whether or not you'll have a babysitting service either by word of mouth or on your wedding website so they can figure out their accommodations accordingly.

Pro: Your guests will love it.

We can't stress it enough: Your guests will appreciate it. Having an adults-only reception is a personal choice (which we totally encourage, if that's what you want) but it can turn sticky if you have tons of relatives or friends with kids. They'll absolutely love and appreciate the gesture—you're making their lives easier, after all—and you'll probably be happy you did it too.

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