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To Invite or Not to Invite: Deciding on Children at Your Wedding

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings

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Deciding whether or not to invite children to your wedding can be a difficult and emotional decision. While some couples love the idea of having children present, others prefer an adult-only affair. Here are some factors to consider when making the decision:

Your Relationship with Children

If you have a close relationship with children in your life, such as nieces, nephews, or godchildren, you may want to include them in your wedding celebration. It can be a special and memorable experience for both you and the children.

The Size and Location of Your Wedding

The size and location of your wedding can also play a role in your decision. If you are having a small, intimate wedding, it may be more manageable to have children present. However, if you are having a large wedding in a formal setting, it may be more appropriate to have an adults-only affair.

The Preferences of Your Guests

Consider the preferences of your guests, particularly those with children. Some guests may appreciate the opportunity to have a night out without their children, while others may not be able to attend if their children are not invited.

The Tone of Your Wedding

The tone and style of your wedding can also be a factor in your decision. If you are having a formal or black-tie wedding, it may be more appropriate to have an adults-only affair. However, if you are having a casual or outdoor wedding, children may be more welcome.

Childcare Arrangements 

If you do decide to invite children to your wedding, make sure to provide childcare arrangements. Consider hiring a professional babysitting service or setting up a designated children’s area with games and activities.

Budget Considerations

Inviting children to your wedding can also have financial implications. Consider the cost of additional meals, favors, and entertainment for children when making your decision.

Ultimately, the decision to invite children to your wedding is a personal one that should be based on your preferences and circumstances. If you do decide to have an adults-only affair, make sure to communicate your decision clearly and politely to your guests. Conversely, if you do decide to include children, make sure to plan accordingly to ensure that everyone has a great time.

Rebecca Barnes is the publisher of Brides & Weddings, the trusted local wedding planning guide for more than 25 years. Rebecca is passionate about helping couples plan their dream weddings. Schedule a complimentary wedding planning consultation, call with Rebecca today. 

 

 

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