1. Check the invite
Some couples will say “adults only” on their invitation and others will include your children’s names on the envelope. No matter what the couple decides, respect their wishes! If they say no kids, they mean no kids.
2. Scope out the menu
Are there kid friendly food options on the menu? If there are then you know the couple is planning for kids to be at the reception. If there isn’t going to be a kids’ buffet then make sure you bring extra snacks, or think about leaving the kids at home.
3. Consider their attention spans
Will your kids be able to sit still or will you be spending the entire ceremony trying to keep them quietly entertained? Consider your kids in this decision too! Make sure that everyone will be able to enjoy themselves.
4. Pull out their Sunday bests
If you decide that the whole family is going to the wedding everyone is going to need something to wear! Make sure that your kids have outfits that fit them before hand so you aren’t scrambling the night before.
5. Is your babysitter free?
Sometimes it’s the most appropriate choice to leave the kids at home. If this is the case, call up your favorite babysitter and order a pizza! Some couples will provide babysitters during the reception, but if this is not an option consider leaving the kids at home or if you’re close by, taking them to a babysitter after the ceremony.