(Closed) Kids at Your Wedding

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Are you allowing kids to attend your wedding?
    Yes, and I'm going to have a separate room for them after the ceremony : (5 votes)
    3 %
    Yes they will enter-mingle with the adults : (70 votes)
    47 %
    No : (56 votes)
    38 %
    Only if I have to but I'd rather not : (17 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We will only invite kids of family members. And we have an extra room at our venue with a tv that we can set up as a movie room for them with some games and toys. 

    Post # 4
    5474 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We did have some kids at our wedding, about 8 or so… and all but two of them were over 10 years old.  My flower girl was my 5 year old niece who is generally well behaved, and our wedding day was no exception.  She did well, ate with her dad, danced with everyone, and was a very good kid the whole time.

    The only baby was my other niece who is still being breastfed.  I actually didn’t even realize she was there until we went table to table after the meal.  I didn’t hear a peep from her- not one single time!  Granted, her parents are considerate enough that if she had become fussy at any point they would take her into another room (and they very well may have, but I didn’t hear a thing from the baby).

    Post # 5
    3696 posts
    Sugar bee

    I know people have strong opinions about this on the ‘Bee, and you’re all entitled to hold them as you see fit. My $0.02:

    The kids at our wedding were the life of the party! They brought so much joy into the celebration, especially when the dancing started! They were great, all 25+ of them, and I wouldn’t dream of not including them.

    Post # 6
    11435 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We invited the children who were in our wedding party, all of our nieces and nephews, the children of my two matrons of honor, and the minor children of my first cousins — 13 children total attended our wedding.  We did not invite any other children.  The children were present throughout the reception.

    Post # 7
    3981 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I had quite a few kids at my wedding and it went off perfectly! They are as important to me as the adults so there was no way I was leaving them out!

    Post # 10
    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We invited only a few kids who are close blood relatives of Fiance (I don’t have any children I am related to).  We did not invite the kids of our friends.

    Post # 11
    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t get it…..if the kids are just being babysat in another room then why are they even there? Couldn’t they have been babysat in their own home? 


    I didn’t invite children because it would be disruptive–and I find that when people pick and choose which children are allowed to go there is a lot of resentment. 

    Post # 12
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We are only having our two ring bearers attend the wedding. By the time of the wedding, they will be 6 and 7. We are inviting their grandmother (not realated to Fiance or I) to attend and she will watch after them, since both their parents are in the bridal party. She will then take them back to the hotel when they are tired. 

    I don’t think any of our guests will be annoyed that the ring bearers attended, but no other children are invited. 

    Post # 13
    741 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I had kids at my wedding and they stayed for the reception, although they had their own table. We hired a babysitter and it worked out fine, there were about 6 or 7 or them but they were very well behaved. 

    For what it’s worth, I also had two dogs roaming around for the reception. Everyone thought it was homey and it went well with the French backyard feel of the wedding. Only minor issue was one of the dogs would go under the table and steal everyones napkins….

    Post # 15
    908 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    A full fifth of our invited guests are children. If you have kids living at home, and we invited you, we inviting your kids as well. 25 kids total, I think? Including infants. All but one under age eight.

    I’m not worried about it. 

    Post # 16
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    We had a lot of kids and everything went perfect. We did have activities for them (coloring pages, table games). They loved the photobooth.

    I think you are going to have more issues if you pick and chose which kids to invite. Maybe setting an age limit or nieces/nephews only would help cut down the numbers.


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