Should You Invite Kids to Your Wedding?
Kids or no kids? For many brides and grooms, the choice of whether or not to include little ones at a wedding isn’t always an easy one.
There are several reasons why many couples opt for an adults-only wedding reception, including limited space or budget, adult-themed entertainment, and desire for fewer distractions. Your choice might be dependent on several different factors: Venue policies, the size of your guest list, the number of potential children invited, and personal preference.
Are you on the fence? Here are some of the pros and cons of including kids in your wedding, as well as things to note:
* Families can feel included: Children are a big part of a parent’s life, so—for some—it can feel strange for a piece of the family unit not to be invited.
* Easier logistics for family travel: Often it’s difficult for parents to find babysitters for their children, especially if traveling from a long distance or staying for an extended amount of time.
* Kids provide entertainment: For good or bad, children can provide entertainment for older guests, especially if there’s a lull in wedding activity.
* Children’s meals are usually cheaper than adult meals: Food is one of the most expensive budget items, but offering kid’s meals won’t actually make a huge dent in your budget.
* Kids start the dance floor: Kids are usually less reserved and the first to make it to the dance floor, which can get a reception dance party started easier.
* Slightly higher food costs: On the flip side, while the impact isn’t overwhelming, adding kids also does add to your food budget.
* A less intimate wedding: More kids and guests can equal a more crowded ceremony and reception.
* Potential distractions: Kids can sometimes misbehave (and babies cry), which can lead to distractions from parents and other observing guests.
* A (potentially) less rowdy reception: Including kids automatically creates a more family-friendly atmosphere, which might damper the level of wildness of your wedding.
* Guests leaving earlier than they might have: Some could view having children (who tire easily) at a wedding as a convenient excuse to leave a reception early---however, truthfully, the parent would likely need to leave early for babysitting commitments, anyway.
If you’re still not sure which way to go, consider compromising: As an alternative, you could always hire an on or off-site child care worker to babysit during a ceremony or reception. Or, you could provide reception entertainment for kids to keep them quiet, such as coloring book activity packs.
with love & style from: Sandy D. (bridal blogger extraordinaire)
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