The idea of having all of your friends and family under one roof to celebrate your big day is exciting for any bride and groom, but not necessarily for all of their prospective guests. Planning a wedding guest list is a tough job, especially if there are going to be divorced parents, warring families and frenemies thrown into the mix. And, of course, there’s always the question of whether you want to invite children.
When it comes to the question of children at a wedding reception you have to be practical. Important factors to take into consideration include: will there be an area for them to play? who is going to keep them occupied? And what are they going to eat? If the majority of your friends and family members have young children and you would like them to be included in the celebration, it might be worthwhile to hire some extra help. While a clown at a formal wedding reception might not be considered classy, there is always the option of hiring a professional mobile crèche service.
Warring families, frenemies and divorced parents can be disastrous mistakes waiting to happen when invited to a wedding. You need to remember that this is your special day and if certain people cannot let bygones be bygones, you might need to rethink their invitation. That being said, parents are usually so preoccupied by the joy of seeing their child getting married on such a special day that they may not even have the time or the energy to bicker with their ex-wife or ex-husband. The best way to avoid any parental problems is to talk to both of your parents before the ceremony, and to make them well aware that you are inviting both of them to enjoy your special day with you.
For more information on arranging your special day, contact the dedicated team at the Waterfront Function Centre on (02) 8999 8502.