(Closed) Bridesmaid Advice????

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wouldn’t change my mind. A 5 yr old can spend the evening home with a sitter or family member. I would much rather invite another friend than a child who will likely not even notice or care what is really happening.

If you give into her temper tantrum, you are rewarding bad behavior.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Are you inviting other children?  Or just family members that are children?  You could just tell her that you are having an adults only wedding (except for family).  My best friend, and Maid/Matron of Honor, has a very hyper 3 year old – and she asked me if I wanted her to be a flower girl….. but I’m not a fan of children at weddings in general, so I told her from the get go that we were not having flower girls and that I didn’t want children at the wedding PERIOD.  She got the point.  She teases me about it still, but the only “child” who will be there is my 9 year old cousin.  I would not cave in and let her bring her 5 year old – it’s your wedding and your right – she can’t really watch him if she’s one of your bridesmaids – I think it’s kind of weird that she would want him to come – personally, I’d like to have a fun night away from the kids if I had a 5 year old – but that’s just me! 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

There are going to be no children at my wedding and i have a 4 year old nephew and a 1 year old niece (both from my older sister who is my bridesmaid) and she is a single mother.  I think she is being very irrational to be honest.  my sister is completely fine with not having her kids there because she knows how much of a distraction they can cause and she wants to be able to have a nice time and not worry about her kids.  I think you should stand your ground.  its YOUR wedding afterall!

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

I can see why she might be upset, but considering that she’s IN the wedding, she’s not going to be able to watch her son. Is he going to hang out with you and all the bridesmaids when you get ready? Who’s going to watch him during the ceremony, or when bridal party photos are being taken? Where is he going to be during introductions?

If he were an older child, who could be left alone, that might be a different story, but I don’t think that she’s being fair to her son, or to other wedding guests- someone else would end up babysitting him.

 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It is your wedding. I would not choose a friend’s child over someone I grew up with whomever else it is I prefer to attend. I do not see how she got so upset.  A lot of people do not invite children, some only invite family members children and a lot of parents prefer not to bring thwir childre.  I agree with what was stated she is IN the wedding who will watch her child? 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Do people not use babysitters or have family to watch kids anymore? I can’t believe the number of people who think you can’t invite parents to weddings without their kids because ‘who will watch the kids’? Do those people never go out without their kids?? Maybe I just think it’s strange because I have never been to a wedding with kids (other than kids in the immediate family) and in planning my wedding, many friends have expressed how they are looking forward to a night out without kids. It’s your wedding- do not let your friend’s snide remark push you into changing your plans. She should respect your decision.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think she is venting and eventually she get over it. Don’t invite the five year old, it would be confusing and lonely for him to sit by himself at the ceremony while his mom is doing bridesmaid duties.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you invite the 5 year old, then you may run into the problem with other guests thinking children, besides family members, are invited to the wedding.  It may become an awkward conversation with them when if you have to explain the situtation.  Keeping it as you originally planned helps to be fair and respectful to everyone so it’s not a “why is her kid invited and not mine?”

I agree with @celticbride: …I am truly shocked on how some people act when their kids aren’t invited to a wedding/reception.  This is not a kid party, it’s an adult celebration, and while does involve family, again it’s not about the kids.  There are many other family events where kids are more than welcomed (bday parties, holiday gatherings, family picnics, etc.).  After planning a wedding myself, it’s a great reassurance to know how I will not be acting when I have kids.  

 Good luck, @grlofgod4ever: I’m sure once she’s done venting, everything will be ok.  She should come around, especially being a Bridesmaid or Best Man in the wedding.  Hopefully after she’ll thank you for a great night celebrating with you and your hubby—child free! 😉

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t think you should give in but I do think you should have a talk with her and explain to her that it is nothing personal and you have a very limited number of seats, plus with her being in the wedding party – getting ready, taking pictures, actually standing with you for the ceremony, etc. – who would be watching her son? It just wouldn’t seem very logical to have him there.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I also think even if you have the space, you can’t leave a five year old sitting in a church next to people who are strangers to him while she is being a bridesmaid, Has she thought of that, it doesn’t make sense. I actually don’t think you should have a big talk with her to give her chance to argue her case, it’s your wedding and it not a neogiation, it should simple firm statement. Something like “You know I love and you are a really good friend, which is why I want you by my side. Due to space Your son come can’t, it also wouldn’t be fair to the other guest leaving thier children at home. The wedding plans have change and this venue is more suited to an Adult event. I’m sorry if your feelings are hurt, but it is just the way things are.” You don’t have to use what I said, but I think having a few main points and good idea of what you are going to say would be helpful and you repeated over and over until she understands.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

@TwoCityBride:  Exactly: I also think even if you have the space, you can’t leave a five year old sitting in a church next to people who are strangers to him while she is being a bridesmaid

This is not fair to her child-she’s going to be away from him for a good portion of the evening. If she can afford to pay for his seat at the wedding, she can afford a babysitter.

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