Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2014 - On a boat
I need some advice from other Brides! I’m in a bit of a pickle and I’m not sure what to do.
My Fiancé and I both agreed early in the planning stages that we wanted to have a Children-Free Ceremony & Reception. We are getting on a 2-level boat. The ceremony is upstairs and the dining room is the lower level.
50% of our guest list is flying in from out-of-province. We have made it clear to all guests that they are to make arrangements for their Children if they intend on coming.
Well, my Fiancé has a friend who is intending on coming from out of Province who has a 1 year old baby. His wife is planning on coming as well, which means the baby is coming. I expressed my displeasure to my Fiancé. My Fiance spoke to his friend and mentioned that it’s a children free Wedding and asked if maybe his wife’s family (who lives about 1.5 hours away from the wedding) could watch the baby for the evening? There doesn’t seem to be much luck there…. We haven’t received the actual RSVP card back from them as of yet either.
So, what do I do? Do I put my foot down and tell my Fiancé that his friend can’t come if the baby is coming? The absolute last thing that I want is a crying/screaming baby at any point during my Wedding.
Any tips are appreciated!
Post # 2
Child-free weddings for out of town guests are pretty much a no-go in my books. They obviously can’t leave the children at home (unless they’re teenaged children), and most parents aren’t going to be comfortable with child care provided by total strangers in a province they don’t even live in. Exceptions are usually made for nursing babies – do you know if this 1 year old is still nursing?
If you and your FI are committed to a child-free wedding, you’ll just have to expect that the majority of out-of-town families won’t attend. You can put your foot down, but make sure your FI is okay with the prospect that his friend will be upset and unable to attend.
Post # 3
I think it’s pretty rude to tell out of town guests that they can’t bring their children. You are within your rights to say they can’t bring the kid, but I think them declining coming to your wedding would be acceptable as well.
Post # 4
bride_to_be_060714: You have a right to a child free wedding. They have a right to decline if they cannot be separated for one evening.
I don’t think a 1.5 hr drive for a family member is too far to drive to provide child care, but they might- either the parents or the family.
They may be uncomfortable leaving their child with famiy member that the child may not know.
They may also be uncomfortable using a professional childcare service provided by the hotel.
Their discomfort does not mean however, that they get to bring the child to the wedding.
I think it is hysterical that some people think that being from out of town automatically means that children should be allowed at a wedding. What if, instead of a wedding, the event they had been invited to was something totally unsuitable for children- like an orgy, AND they wanted to attend? I think they would make childcare arrangements or decline the invitation. They would not drag an uninvited child with them against the wishes of the hosts.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t worry about it until your get the RSVP back. They may simply decline.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - On a boat
Thank you to all the responses so far….
I should have mentioned that my Fiance’s friend is the ONLY out of town Guest that has Children….I fully understand that it would be unreasonable to have a Children free wedding if there were a lot of couples with Children, however, this is not the case.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center
I think it’s rude to tell out-of-town guests that they can’t bring children – do you expect them to leave their baby at home alone?
It’s perfectly within your right to have a child-free wedding, but it’s absolutely perfectly right for the parents of a child to decline your wedding invitaiton because of it. Unfortunately, that’s the price you pay when you have friends/family with kids and tell them that they can’t bring them.
Post # 8
I think you have to make an exception for out of town guests or assume they won’t come.
Post # 9
julies1949: I don’t think being from out of town means the children should be allowed to attend, I just think it means that you have to expect that the parents won’t come. If you’re having a wedding with mostly out of town guests, a child-free wedding is likely going to hurt some feelings.
Um, also… weddings and orgies are generally pretty different. You can have a really, really adult wedding, but most people probably picture weddings as PG affairs. There is no harm with double checking with the hosts if exceptions are made for babies, because, you know, it’s a wedding… not an orgy.
Post # 10
MOHlookingForIdeas: As I said
You have a right to a child free wedding. They have a right to decline if they cannot be separated for one evening.
so I agree with you that they may not attend- and that’s ok.
I think the hurt feelings part is not something the hosts have to own. People have social events all the time and they simply cannot invite everyone they know.We have an extensive group of friends, and having my hurt feelings because I am not invited to a particular dinner party is not the fault of the hostess.
The orgy example was just to show that there are “adult” events to which people are invited and they manage to attend without their children, or simply decline. They don’t ask if they can bring their children.
I disagree with you that it is ok to ask if anyone else can attend. If their name is not on the invitation, they are not invited- period. There are times in your life when you simply have to turn down invitations due to other factors in your life. Just because you have a one year old, or are from out of town, doesn’t mean you get to bring them to a wedding.
Nursing infants may be an exception, but a one year old can go long enough between feeds that they are not an automatic exception. And yes, for those who may ask, I have breastfed two children.
Post # 11
until u have an RSVP card back from them, I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 12
I would never think about taking a 1-year old toddler, on a 2-story boat, especially if my husband and I might be served alcoholic beverages. But then, I’m used to adult-only weddings, and I would never bring someone who isn’t named on the invitation, either. Either one or both of the parents can politely decline, if they can’t accept the invitation, as issued.
Post # 13
You can take the lead in arranging child care by either hiring a nanny to look after everyone’s kids in the hotel where everyone is staying, or getting names of some trusted babysitters. You don’t have to do these things, but doing them makes you a very good hostess. You should assume that people won’t leave small kids at home overnight and that they won’t have the right local contacts to get a sitter in your city.
Post # 14
bride_to_be_060714: Put your foot down. Cite safety reasons as well as the fact that you have the same rule for everyone (no children). If they can’t get a babysitter then unfortunately they can’t attend.
I’m all for making exceptions for newborns (who usually need to be breast fed, so can’t easily be babysat; and don’t crawl so there’s no danger). But a 1 year old can easily be babysat, and will probably be walking (and certainly at least crawling), so will be mobile and causing trouble.
Post # 15
bride_to_be_060714: We are having a child free wedding too. You are completely within your rights to say, I am so sorry, perhaps we were not clear, but children are not invited!
That being said, wait until you receive the RSVP card. There is a small chance they are trying to work out childcare before confirming they can come, sans child. That way, if they do rsvp with child, you can politely but firmly tell them that it is a child free wedding!