(Closed) Babies/Children at Weddings

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think so.  I’m doing the same thing.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Honestly– no. At that age, some babies will still be eating every 2-3 hours, and this is an important time in bonding, so many women aren’t comfortable switching to a bottle even for 1 night. 

BUT, you can still put “adults-only” in the cards, and more than likely those women just wont come. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

The 6 month old maybe, but the 2 month old still might be eating every few hours. I think if this is the way you go, if someone has to cut out early or is missing a significant portion of the event to pump, that you shouldn’t be too upset.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@ieatunicorns:  +1

When my babies were that young, I didn’t feel comfortable leaving them for the evening yet.  And a breastfeeding mom can’t stay out all night without getting uncomfortable. So just don’t be offended if they decide not to stay or have to skip out early.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Could you arrange for a “baby room” at the reception, and hire a sitter? And have another space available for the moms to nurse or bump, if they decide to leave the babies home?

That would also allow for the babies to be watched during the ceremony- with 4 babies, you’d probably want 2 sitters, though.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Nursing infants need to eat every 1-2 hours.  So, if you are okay with your guests who are nursing only staying for an hour then feel free to demand they leave their nursling at home.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

As someone w/o kids, I understand your point but do realize they may not come b/c you don’t want kids there.  By The Way all the women I know are still BFing their 2-3 year olds and they don’t leave their side for more than 2 hours at a time.  Not sure how often kids that age eat but man, I give them credit for doing it….I couldn’t. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

@MrsAMac:  I think that sounds like a sound approach– one thing to keep in mind with infants that small, most people wont even notice them– it’s not like toddlers and younger children who will get restless and want to play and run around. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Go with an “Under 6 Month Nursing Baby” exception to the No-Kid policy.

 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am having a similar problem, My fiance and I are having an adult only reception and I have said it probably 1000 times and his family is still trying to bring their children! What should I do without coming off like a B???

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes, you can still ask but I’m not sure whether they will comply. You can always talk with them individually.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Scuevas5:  I don’t have advice but just wishing you luck. It was a complete disaster on my FI’ side, they might as well have said we wanted them to kill their children. There are over 20 kids on his side (all nieces and nephews). I caved but it will cost less due to my change in plans and will be more low key so I’m getting through it.

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