Post # 1
Who among the hive LOVES to see kids at a wedding?
Maybe its me. perhaps its because I am a teacher, or super maternal, whatever the reason I love to see kids at weddings. I think their dancing is the best, their little faces when they see the couple. I even wouldn’t mind if a baby cried in my ceremony because babies are so sweet and cannot help it if they are hungry (of course their parent should know when to step out ). I want kids at my reception because there are several children in my life that are important and close to me and my fiance. We want them there to celebrate our union….Is it just me?
Post # 3
I was a preschool teacher for 3 years. All my friends and family have little ones under 5. My own son is 4 years old. My reception of 70 has 20 kids. I’m so excited to see all the little ones in their sunday best on one of the BEST days of my life
Post # 4
Now I won’t tell anyone else how to have their wedding, but to me, weddings are FAMILY affairs and children BELONG there.
Post # 5
I enjoy kids at weddings too. I think there is nothing cuter than a little girl in a fancy dress dancing on the dance floor. Not caring what she looks like or who is watching…when do we lose that?? The add character and they are kinda what it’s all about in the long run 🙂
Post # 6
I love it too! I especially love seeing them getting down on the dance floor. We’re definitely having kids at our wedding/reception. I have a three-year-old and honestly, if someone told me no kids, I wouldn’t go to their wedding. She’s a huge part of my life, and I wouldn’t want to leave her home for all the fun. I usually have someone come pick her up after we’ve been there for awhile so that FI and I can have some drinks and dance without worrying where she is or what she’s doing, but she definitely goes and dances for a little bit. It’s always a ton of fun.
It’s an especially big deal that our daughter is at our wedding because it’s the day our family will finally become “whole”. We’re all looking forward to dancing and celebrating together.
Post # 7
I love seeing kids at weddings. I’m from a very large extended family. Growing up kids were always at family functions like weddings. I think only one of my aunts had a wedding reception that specified no kids. It’s just natural for me to include kids I suppose.
Post # 8
Not just you. I think kids make a wedding. For me its all about 2 families coming together and many families celebrating.
That said, I do understand wanting the parents to enjoy it and not wanting disruptions.
Post # 9
I agree. FI and I have a bunch of kids so of course our wedding will have them!
Post # 10
@KT808: Agreed. As a DW bride, it kind of annoys me when others are taken aback that I’d want children at my DW–we only have two going because they’re the only two kids in our family, but what would their parents do with them otherwise?!
Post # 11
My young cousins were the best parts of my wedding (besides the actually getting married part). I can’t imagine having had my wedding without them. It makes me sad that plate prices in some parts of the country are SO expensive and really limit how many people the couple can afford to invite. I feel like that is one of the major reasons a lot of people don’t invite kids (or at least use as an excuse not to).
It’s amazing too, to me, how different American wedding culture is from other cultures around the world. I have several friends from Afganistan/Iraq/Bandgladesh and in those places your wedding is like the event of the century, they really value having their friends and families there and usually invite the entire town, kids and all (one friend told me that his 700 person wedding was considered a SMALL wedding!). In some ways I wish we were more focused on community and family like that and less on details and flowers (not that I didn’t spend a fair share of my time and money on those things too).
Post # 12
Amen! Also, if the parents of the children are welcome at the wedding, it only makes sense that who whole family would be there to celebrate. Love it!!
Post # 13
I have often thought about writing this post!
I really enjoyed all the toddlers, kids and teenagers at our wedding. I have never even been to a wedding that was ‘adult only’. I was raised in the prairies and all social functions were mixed generations, i always thought that was part of the fun!?
Post # 14
I’m so happy someone made a thread like this! I love children at weddings! I’m always baffled when talking to my friends about their disdain for having children at weddings. Of course to each their own, but I think children just lighten up the mood. I never wanted my wedding to be some super serious and extra formal event where nothing could go wrong and no sudden outbursts etc.. could happen.
I love kids at weddings!!!
Post # 15
Yes! I have never been to an adult’s only wedding. Seeing the kids dance around at the end of the night was always the best part. Plus I agree that it is about two families coming together to celebrate, kids were always just a given!
Post # 16
I LOVE kids at weddings. Watching them dance at the reception is so much fun. We had 3 flower girls, 3 toddlers and 4 babies at ours.
Apparently my 2 year old niece said hello to her sister (a f/g) her cousin (a f/g) her Mom (my MOH) and my other niece (her cousin and a BM) by name as they walked down the aisle. She said hawwooo Pop.. hawwooo auntie …soooo preettttyyy … as I passed her going down the aisle. So cute. She clapped and squeeled when we kissed. She also managed to make it into all the formal wedding party pictures so it looks like we have four flower girls, which was fine with me. She was awesome!