Young Children At Weddings and Plus Ones – Common Quandary!

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’d suggest a child-free ceremony (babies excepted) and only invite guests to both ceremony + reception.

Kids will be bored stiff by a 30 minute ceremony so parents are more understanding about excluding them. If a pushy parent insists on bringing their kid, your venue can always find another seat. They are telling you 90 firm so you don’t invite 110 and create a fire hazard, but I’m sure they’ll accommodate 91 or 92 people.

I think it’s ok to have a family-only ceremony then a larger reception, but not to have two tiers of friends.  If you have close friends attending the ceremony, then all your friends should be able to attend.  Good luck, and don’t let your FMIL push you around!     


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