You Can Have the Adults-Only Wedding of Your Dreams (Here's How)

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The wedding planning process will be exciting. You will laugh, you will cry, and you may want to go into a room and hide out for a while, because everyone will want to know every minute detail and then offer their own advice. My two cents? Your wedding should be all about you and your partner’s personal taste. Every decision should reflect who you are as a couple. One of the hardest dilemmas to solve for some brides is how to have a child-free wedding. How can we accomplish this goal of a truly grown-up affair without endangering relationships with family and friends?

Destination wedding photography by Photography by Karma Hill
Karma Hill Photography
A destination wedding photo taken by London Light Photography
London Light Photography
Destination wedding photography by Megan Clouse Photography
Megan Clouse Photography
A destination wedding photo taken by Stacy Jacobsen Photography
Stacy Jacobsen Photography

Consider this scenario: your best friend is your obvious choice for maid of honor, but she now has a five-month-old baby. Chances are, she is not leaving her child at home. Perhaps she even lives in a different city, in a different state. She comes in with her baby in tow but realizes she can’t be a part of every moment. She had to miss helping you into your dress, and was absent for half of the reception because she had to go put her baby down to sleep. Barely making it back in time for the maid of honor speech, she tells you how much you mean to her and you look into her tired eyes and know that today has been a challenge for her, but she’s done it all for you.

You want her to feel comfortable enough to enjoy herself at your wedding because she is a huge part of the day for you. She also wants to be able to fulfill her responsibilities as maid of honor: helping you get ready, looking smashing in group photos, and even giving that big toast at your reception without having to scramble to do so. Luckily, both of these things can be accomplished even after your bestie becomes renamed as Mommy—and you may even get a few pics of the adorable kids at your wedding at the end of it all!

A destination wedding photo taken by Photography by Karma Hill
Karma Hill Photography
A destination wedding photo taken by Heather & Jared Photography
Heather & Jared Photography
A destination wedding photo taken by Jen Fariello Photography
Jen Fariello Photography
A destination wedding photo taken by Aaron Watson Photography
Aaron Watson Photography

So how to avoid the horrible Scenario #1, where stress and misery plague your wedding day, and instead ensure Scenario #2, where bride, guests, and kiddos have a safe and enjoyable time? We’re here to share with you three magic little words: professional wedding childcare. When outlining which vendors to check off the planning list, most folks think of the caterer, the flowers, the DJ, but no one thinks of childcare as a wedding expense. Well, word to the wise: factor this perhaps overlooked, but truly lifesaving service into your budget. Having a professional childcare agency at your wedding can be a dream come true. A nanny service will swoop in with age-appropriate toys to entertain the little ones all night and ensure that parents enjoy your wedding almost as much as you do.

As you can see from the above example, a professional childcare agency—especially one that comes to your venue and separately takes care of the tots while the party rages—allows you to not only have the whine-free, not-a-chicken-nugget-in-sight function that you crave, but also allows your must-attend parental guests to feel safe and secure in the knowledge that their little ones are close by. You can even have the flower girl or ring bearer partake in the beginning of the reception, and then have the nanny (or nannies, depending on your guest count) come take them to play. Talk about a happy-making win-win!

Destination wedding photography by Aaron Watson Photography
‍‍Aaron Watson Photography
A destination wedding photo taken by Aaron Watson Photography
‍‍Aaron Watson Photography
A destination wedding photo taken by Aaron Watson Photography
‍‍Aaron Watson Photography

Fortunately for those brides and grooms planning a wedding in the Charlottesville, Virginia area, such a service exists. We are Local Nanny Network, a premier childcare agency that sends CPR-certified and background-checked nannies to your wedding venue to entertain smaller guests; alternatively, we can send a nanny to out-of-town parents’ hotels to watch their little ones and put them to bed at their normally scheduled bedtimes. This no muss, no fuss service can truly be the perfect addition to your wedding, as it gives you the best of both worlds. No need to worry if the kiddos will sabotage the cake or cry during your vows (trust us, we’ve seen it all). Our team at Local Nanny Network will work with you to ensure that your wedding is your dream come true.

If your wedding destination is outside of the Charlottesville area, take some time to investigate professional nannying services in your region that can provide safe, convenient childcare for your guests’ munchkins. Here are some tips for what questions to ask and what credentials to look for when hiring wedding day childcare:

  • Make sure the nannies have experience and have been background checked.
  • Make sure they are CPR Certified.
  • Make sure the company is reputable. Do some online checking. Do they have a website? Do they have google reviews? Are they associated with other wedding vendors? A child’s safety is of course the number one priority.
A destination wedding photo taken by Aaron Watson Photography
‍‍Aaron Watson Photography
A destination wedding photo taken by Jack Looney Photography
‍‍Aaron Watson Photography
A destination wedding photo taken by Jack Looney Photography
‍‍Aaron Watson Photography

We wish you luck and fun planning your dream wedding, and hope the only fingers digging into your cake are yours!