Creating your guest list is no easy task and one thing that certainly complicates matters is young children. Deciding whether or not to invite young children to a wedding can be stressful especially as your guests may struggle with finding a sitter. You may also stress about whether to include a flower girl and ring bearer due to their young age. Using a reputable nanny service can be the perfect solution to fixing your wedding planning woes and appeasing everyone.
Christine of the Annapolis based Naptown Nannies service helps to answer some questions about what the wedding nanny process is like.
First and foremost, you and your guests may stress about the reputability of a nanny service. Naptown Nannies uses an extremely thorough screening process for their nannies. Christine describes how the process entails an application, an interview, several recommendations, childcare experience, First Aid and CPR certification, and an extensive background check through several organizations. Naptown Nannies can be contacted for more information on the exact process and background checks. No matter what nanny service you use, these should be requirements you adhere to.
How common are nanny requests?
Naptown Nannies receives constant requests for nannies at weddings. 62% percent of weddings today include children in the bridal party as flowers girls or ring bearers. Christine also notes that particularly in the Annapolis area, many couples are having destination weddings and parents want to tour the area with their children. Nannies, “Allow families to spend a long weekend together and the parents can feel comfortable with an experienced nanny watching the children.” The requests range from watching children at the actual venue, to babysitting for guests at a hotel, to watching children at a relative’s home. They also receive requests for wide age ranges of children from newborns to elementary aged.
What services can nannies provide besides the standard babysitting?
Nannies are a great resource for helping children in the actual wedding party practice their roles. Christine recently saw nannies being used to help children practice at a rehearsal dinner. Naptown Nannies also provides a “Bag o Fun” which is a bag filled with Chesapeake Bay related children ‘s activities. It’s a great fun way to keep children happily entertained and feel part of the wedding whether at the venue itself or at home.
How do I let my guests know a nanny service is available?
Christine has seen many couples place the Naptown Nannies card right in the wedding invitation or save the date cards so they can make plans in advance. A phone number can also be included on invitations or in the envelopes of families with young children.
What are good resources for nanny services?
Besides reputable groups like Naptown Nannies, many hotels provide nanny services at the actual venue as well.