(Closed) Should I suck it up?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I have a similar situation…except a lot more kids, lol.  I am just going to chalk it up to leaving their parents to have the common sense to pick them up and take them to the back of the chapel to console them.  As for the reception, I don’t care about that too much…I just want to party!  :-p

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Kids that age are plenty old enough to be left with a babysitter. If the parents aren’t travelling for the wedding, I would make them do that. (i.e. have an adults only wedding). If they are travelling it is harder, because (and I speak as a parent) a lot of people aren’t comfortable leaving their kids with a sitter they don’t know.

Post # 5
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553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was at a ceremony where the mom just let the baby cry and cry and wale…ugh. If I hadn’t been so far away from her I would have politely said something. It’s so rude. I invite anyone to try and justify letting their child cry, whine, whimper, pitch a fit during such an event. I don’t trust people enough to make sound decisions when it comes to this because we’ve all seen it happen. If anyone is guilty of this, please let me know what you were thinking?

Post # 6
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564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I used to feel the same as you, but now so many of our friends from out town have babies. there’s no way we could ask them to leave them behind. Plus, I couldn’t ask my fiance not to have his little nephew at the wedding. So that opens us up to everyone else’s kids being invited. Oh, well. I don’t think it’ll be that bad.

Anyhow, your situation — if you do decide to let the kids attend, maybe see if any family member(s) or friend(s) would be willing to be the official “child wrangler(s),” whose job it would be to keep the kids in line. Or you could hire a babysitter.

Post # 7
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Worker bee

@kate_goat:  Could you have a lady/teenager from the church take the kids to the playground or Sunday school room during the ceremony?  Just a thought.  

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m the same way. Except it would’ve been like 15 kids. And I did not want it. At all. So finally I made the decision for no children under 18. No exceptions, that’s it. I kind of feel like a jerk about it, but my mom and gma keep on telling me it’s my wedding and to do what I want. So that’s what we’re doing. 🙂 If it would’ve been just 4 kids for us, I would make the decision based on how the children normally behave. Are they usually good kids? Cause if so, I’d probably just let them come.

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