Inviting Children to Your Wedding: To Do or Not To Do?

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Whether or not you should invite children to your wedding has always been a bit of a controversial topic. For some couples, having children be a part of their wedding day is a must, while others would prefer to keep it an adult affair. I have seen couples experience utter rage when they tell their guests no children, and I have also seen that same rage when children are included from guests who feel children don’t belong at adult events.

So, what should you do for your upcoming wedding? My first answer is “Whatever the bleep you want!” but let’s have a deeper look at this….

Your Wedding Day is About You!

Unfortunately, there will always be some guests who end up being offended about children not being invited but it’s important to remember that this is your wedding day and it’s the one day when you’re allowed to be a little selfish.

You and your partner are the ones paying for the venue, flowers, and food, which means you’re allowed to be picky about who you invite and how many people you invite too.

The people who care about you will understand your reasons for not wanting children at your wedding and if they don’t, that’s not something you need to worry about. In fact, they likely won’t even ask for your reasons!

You and your partner are celebrating your love and your union, which is exactly what your day should be about – not the preferences of your guests. Yes, you should, of course, take your guests into consideration but this doesn’t mean you need to feel obliged to invite their children to what can often be an expensive day, especially when children require extra accommodations like food, activities, and entertainment.

ProTip! If you include children at your wedding, hire a babysitter to keep them wrangled and entertained! Have a designated spot for the kids where they can play, jump around, do some crafts, and not be in the way of your caterers carrying hot food and drinks. Also – remind their parents to bring a change of clothes for them so they can play comfortably without anyone worrying about the kiddies getting their wedding clothes dirty.

If you don’t want children at your wedding and know you have guests who refuse to go anywhere their kids aren’t welcome, have the kids go all together with a babysitter to another location like a hotel room for games and food – this might be the happy middle ground for everyone!

Children Get Bored!

One thing to keep in mind if you’re considering inviting children to your wedding is that they get bored. This means that you need to be prepared for potential interruptions during your ceremony and your reception. Have someone ready to quiet a child or children who start crying, talking, or yelling during your ceremony. ProTip! Ask the parents to have snacks with them to keep the kiddies occupied and quiet.

Children Get Scared!

When I find out there will be small children involved in the ceremony, I let everyone know my one rule is that we let the children do what they want. No, we will not be stopping for 45 minutes while everyone tries to convince a terrified, screaming toddler in an itchy dress to walk down the aisle through a gauntlet of strangers. If they won’t do it, we move on and the child will do their thing. Yes you all rehearsed it the night before, but your guests weren’t there and suddenly things have changed for the child.

With that being said, choosing to invite children to your wedding is a wonderful, personal decision and there are ways to keep them busy during the day. Just be prepared for them to behave like children and plan accordingly.

Overall, inviting children to your wedding is a personal decision and there really is no right or wrong answer – it all depends on what’s important to you as a couple.

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