- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
So I have some family I haven’t seen in a while as they live on the other side of the country. I was always close with them growing up and stood in their weddings. I want these cousins to come to my wedding but i don’t want children at the ceremony/reception. These people LOVE children and will be greatly offended that its a child-less wedding. Between these 3 cousins there are 9 kids.
I don’t mind kids of my family/friends but I want the parents to be able to enjoy themselves and not have to leave my reception at 9 because they need to put their kids to bed. My plan is to have a licensed day care worker in a room at the hotel with activities and games for the kids and food and such so the kids will be close by if mom and dad want to pop in to say hi. As well, i have older cousins who would be willing to help babysit if needed.
How do I tell these cousins that their children aren’t invited? All other events will be child-friendly, rehearsal, shower, etc…
I’m struggling because I dont really like kids and want to have an adult reception with drinking and partying, and not have children crying during my ceremony but don’t want to offend anyone (i know that is inevitable!) – PLUS our guest list is already at 150, once we add kids (and pay $65 a plate for a meal they probably won’t eat because our venue doesn’t offer child friendly meals) the guestlist will be closer to 175 and our budget blown.
What do I do?!