Kid Friendly Wedding – A True Story (Long)

posted 3 years ago in Recaps
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@littlemisst08:  Awww, this is very sweet! We’re also inviting kids. We love them and we wouldn’t want to ask our friends and family to have to get a babysitter. It’s made it a lot easier for our guests to say yes to coming!

I just don’t care that much about kids making noise, either. We’re getting married in the Catholic Church and are plenty used to kids making noise during church! 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@littlemisst08:  THANK YOU!!!!

 

All I ever hear about children and weddings is negativity and I get that some people don’t want them there but we almost never hear from those who DID and LOVED it. 

We need more stories like this! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

This is awesome to hear! I’m having a kid friendly wedding and I am super excited to have them there. Since we’re  doing it outside we don’t have a cry room, but we’re going to provide babsiters during the ceremony.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Great idea for sharing this! We also had children at our wedding- quite a few in all age ranges. We had some parents choose to not bring their kids but we also had many parents who did bring their kids. We had an excellent time with all the kids.

I don’t recall any kids crying during the service but two cell phones did go off so in my case the adults were actually noiser than any of the kids!

At the reception the parents did not let their kids run around during dinner and many of them had someone pick their kids up after dinner or left soon after. As for the kids who did hang around for the dancing, they had a blast! I also had a blast dancing with them! There was one moment where some innappropriate dancing took place (DH’s drunk cousin starting to strip!) but I’m not sure the kids even noticed.

If we did it all over again I would definitely include the kids. We had absolutely no negative experiences with them! Actually, they added to our entertainment as everyone loved watching the little ones let loose on the dance floor- and yes there was plenty of room for everyone else to dance as well. 

I do understand that people have their reasons for not inviting them but for brides on the fence- I think it was awesome seeing all the kids at our wedding!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yay! Bring on the stories! I’m on the fence. there ar 8 kids between 3-11 who will be there

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@littlemisst08:  Thank you– we are having 25 children under 12. For the reception, we are putting them with a babysitter downstairs, not because I am afraid they will be bad, but because I think that they’d rather eat and play with their cousins while we have speeches. they are totally welcome to come up for dancing. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I like this post.  I didn’t have kids at my wedding because it was at night in a bar, but I am happy to read your story.  I often think kids do make a wedding more memorable.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

we had a mostly kid free wedding (black tie, evening, and there’s a million kids on DHs side so it wouldn’t be possible for them all to attend). The one and only person who interrupted our ceremony was an adult whose cell went off mid-vows, and he walked out to take the call while phone kept ringing. 

My 2 year old nephew cried down the aisle (hilarious) but was quiet after. He was the life of the party on the dance floor all night.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@littlemisst08:  grr. I actually didn’t even notice the phone until DH and my parents mentioned it after.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Some great ideas I’ve seen at weddings for kids…

cover the kids tables with plain paper instead of tablecloth and have cups of crayons out so they can draw all over the tables. Pipe cleaners, fuzz balls, glue sticks, cheap plain paper plates…glitter, that kind of stuff is cheap and keeps littles enetertained for a long while. 

Kiddie “bar” set up with kool aids and Capri suns, goldfish, fruit snacks ,etc…

one couple hired a clown/magician that came during the reception and did tricks and animal balloons, etc., and gave out treats…generally “babysat” and entertained them, during dinner, so the adults could eat a bite and have a cocktail. 

During dancing, there was a 3 song break where only the little kids could be on dance floor and the dj played tunes they knew from popular cartoon shows. 

 

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