Here, communication is key on this debatable topic. Your invitation should be clear enough to let the guests know whether only adults are invited or the kids are also invited. If the message is clear enough then, families can arrange baby sitters for their kids well in advance. To arrange for a baby sitter is almost impossible at the last minute if they are not told in advance. This is a sure way you can lose the adult guests with children if they can’t find a sitter and have to stay with their children. Those who managed to come to your party definitely wish to tell you the problems they had in arranging a baby sitter in a short notice but they will not. How about out-of-town guests with children? There are companies like Kid Care Anywhere who can bring childcare and kids entertainment to you.
Guests really wish to have an open bar but if you decide to have a cash bar due to one reason or the other, they would like to know in advance so they can prepare. Nowadays most people do not carry cash and I do not think you or your wedding planner will be able to accept credit cards at your wedding while the party is on. In all fairness, they have a right to know this and wish to be informed. You think they can tell you this, but will not. They will stay away from the bar instead.
Now, one other very important thing. Are you going to serve meal at your wedding reception or you just want to have dessert bar only? Make sure your invitation is clear and the guest understands what is on the menu. If your wedding reception is around dinner time and you want to just serve dessert, it’s very important that you inform your guests. So, if you want to serve dessert only, pick your time very carefully. The entertainment arrangements are necessary but the meal is also very important. Either have your wedding reception after the normal meal hours or just arrange for dinner as well. Whatever you choose to do, you have to communicate properly. A guest may wish to tell you they are hungry but will not and may not stay up to the end of the reception.
What do you wish you could tell a bride? We will love to hear your thoughts.