(Closed) Kids at wedding

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

There’s normally an exception for nursing babies.

Post # 3
1505 posts
Bumble bee

People will be upset about it, but you have to decide what is best for you and your fiance. I do think it is rude to allow some people to bring their children, and not others. Either stick to a ‘No kids at all’ rule, or allow others to bring their children.

Post # 4
4038 posts
Honey bee

If you don’t want children at your wedding, I’d imagine that the 1 and 2 years old would be running around and capable of making a lot of noise/distractions. Is a on-site babysitter, in your budget?



Post # 5
6518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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diamond101987:  if there are other people with small children, yes they will be upset about it.

You can’t pick and choose which kids can and can’t come. Either have kids, or don’t have them at all. 

I would suggest you look into hiring a sitter for them if you have it in your budget, if not, be prepared to get flammed for making this exception. 

Post # 6
7568 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If there are other people there with children who are the same age they will likely be annoyed (I probably would be). Is there anyway to arrange a babysitter for the 1& 2 year old? 

Post # 7
766 posts
Busy bee

I completely disagree that you can’t pick and choose.  Everyone picks and chooses their guests, I don’t see how children are different.  And there is a clear line here – you are inviting children of people who have to travel (I’m assuming when you say they’re the only ones traveling from out of state, you mean the only non-local people, since some states are big!)  Rational adults should be able to understand this.  You may want to give your cousins a heads up that they are an exception to the rule though, in case they would be more comfortable finding a local babysitter.

Post # 8
129 posts
Blushing bee

I think you can pick and choose. Its your wedding. Just tell the people with kids who can’t bring them that you’re only making an exception for your out of state family. 

Post # 9
153 posts
Blushing bee

I am not having children aside from my nephews and you know what think do what ever you like. I had a recent post like this and all the bees were super supportive of inviting just my nephews.  At the end of the day who cares it is your day do as you please x. I think the only ppl who will be offended are those that have not been married or were married along time ago and have forgotten how stressful it is and how hard it is to please everyone 

Post # 10
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

good for you. kids are brats. last thing you want is kids screaming during your vows. also they are expensive for the catering. which no doubt will end up smeared on other guests clothes and on the floor.

Post # 11
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

You are going to definitely upset other people.  There has to be a hard, firm line.  You do have an out that you can say that it’s only children related to you from out of town, but I would look into an onsite babysitter.

Our line is only our nieces and nephews, all of which are in the wedding.  No one can argue with that.

Post # 12
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m on the “you CAN pick and choose” camp. Kids are people too, if you are super close to some kids but not others, invite them as you would any guest. Also, nursing babies are always ok. We invited NO kids at all, but the two guests with nursing babies were told they were welcome. 

One brought their baby, the other actually pumped and had her mother stay nearby and partied on her own – her baby was two months old and it was her first night out!

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