(Closed) To Invite Children or Not?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
241 posts
Helper bee

It doesn’t sound like you want to change your mind and nobody is complaining so I would just leave it alone as it is.

Post # 5
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree with @iloveflowers.  It sounds like arrangements have already been made to take care of the children who would not be invited.  It is a lot of money to spend that could probably go towards other costs (or on the gift registry items after the wedding). 

We only invited children who were related to us to our wedding.  Our friends have to make other arrangements (all totaled it would have been almost 40 kids!!). 

Post # 6
3267 posts
Sugar bee

I think it is always nice to extend the invite to an entire family when it is involving travel.  It is a lot different getting a babysitter for an evening then it is leaving the kids with someone for a weekend or longer.

But I don’t think you are obligated either.  But I woudln’t be surprised if they decline.

Post # 7
188 posts
Blushing bee

I think you have made it very convenient for the guests to find reputable child care during the event of the wedding, so they should have absolutely no objections to the children not being invited to the event. I am not sure where parents get the idea that children will be put out by not being invited to an event they have no interest or understanding of? I have provided childcare on numerous occasions for the children of wedding guests, and I can guarantee those kids had more fun playing games and eating chicken nuggets and going to bed before utter exhaustion hits than they would have sitting quietly in a ceremony. 

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