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age appropriate Should you have children at your wedding reception, or should the party remain adults only? Two wedding vendors break down the pros and cons.

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kid appeal “Children at weddings can add a special joy,” say Amber Karson and Emily Butler of Karson Butler Events in Washington, DC, and San Luis Obispo, California. “There’s just something magical about little ones spinning around the dance floor!” Plus, if you’re hosting an out-of-town or destination affair, parents will appreciate not having to leave their brood. TIP Hire a nanny service (that’s licensed and insured) to oversee the kids and plan age-appropriate activities, like crafts and games, in a room adjacent to your reception space.

all about adults If it’s a formal affair and you want guests to let loose and not have to worry about children disrupting the festivities, then politely request no kids. “Adults want to party and look and feel fabulous, and toddlers running around or babies crying doesn’t let them have that sort of evening,” says Lauren Sozmen of Loli Events in New York City and Paris. TIP Make it clear on the invite that the reception is adults only by including just their names. Have a response planned for when guests give you pushback, and stay firm—exceptions could lead to hurt feelings.

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