In my last blog post, I talked about having kids IN your wedding, but what if you’re still trying to decide whether or not to invite kids to your wedding at all? Let’s start by asking yourself a few questions:
- Do you have your own children or nieces and nephews that you can’t imagine not having at the wedding?
- Do you want your wedding to be a fun affair for the entire family? Or do you envision an adults-only wedding reception?
- Do a lot of your guests have children (particularly out-of-town guests) where not inviting their kids would make it difficult for them to attend at all?
- Does the idea of hearing a cooing baby as you’re walking down the aisle make you smile? Or make you want to scream?
Remember.. there is absolutely no right or wrong answer to these questions! It’s your wedding day and you and your partner should make a decision based on your own personal feelings and your personal and family situations. But let’s talk in more detail about each option, shall we?
Option 1… The more the merrier!
Having kids at your wedding means that families with kids can attend without having to worry about finding a babysitter for the evening. This is especially true for your out-of-town guests who will avoid having to make the tough decision to attend your wedding while leaving their kids with someone at home or relying on an unfamiliar babysitter in your city. Keep in mind that your guests attending with children may have to leave early to put their kids to bed at a reasonable hour or to relieve their babysitter. They also may be chasing around their little ones.