Should you bring your child?

Imagine this. You are just about to step onto the dance floor for your bridal waltz. The moment is perfect, your brand new husband is looking at you with those adoring eyes. Everything is perfect.

And a three year old is having a screaming tantrum about something right next to you.

The issue of children at a wedding is a big one. For some couples, the idea of not having little Jessica at the wedding is an impossible thought. For others, little Jessica and all the trouble she could get up to leaves them shaking.

The truth is, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. Our first recommendation is to make a decision and stick to it.

Consider the kind of wedding you are planning. If it is a formal or evening affair, it is entirely appropriate to not invite children. Other types of weddings may not be quite so easy. A casual lunch affair may have your guests assuming children are welcome. A destination wedding even more so, as parents will have the cost of bringing the child with them or making other arrangements for them to stay at home.

Our second recommendation is to communicate your decision. If children are invited, include them on the invitations you send to ensure their parents know. If children are not invited, it may be worth making a small note of this somewhere or bring it up in a conversation. The key is making sure that your guests know what you are expecting, particularly in cases where the issue may not be so obvious.

If you do decide to have little Jessica at the wedding, there are several things to keep in mind.

Posted in Expert Advice, Guests, Planning by wedded wonderland

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