Weddings are usually so boring for kids, so personally, I don't understand why people like taking them
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26-05-2012 14:27 #21
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26-05-2012 14:29 #22
Definitely, we had a no children wedding. Little babies to me are a given though and I would not go if they were not welcome.
26-05-2012 14:36 #23
We've taken our two boys to two weddings now. They are only small, both under 26 months, but they are a intrigulpart of the family and where we go, they go and vice versa. I think its important to educate children from a young age about social customs an. How to behave at such events... And if they had not of been invited we simply would not of gone. We put them in their jamies for bed time and both slept in the pram while the part went on around them
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26-05-2012 14:40 #24Senior Member
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We're thinking of supplying a babysitter at the venue, or in the holiday house my parents will rent for the week. We are having a daytime reception that will conclude by 5pm, so I really don't think it's a big ask. Not any different to sending child to daycare for the day.
However, I would be totally fine with babies being there. My (still incubating) baby will be About 11 months and will attend...gran and all the younger teenaged aunts/uncles will keep an eye on him/her for me during the reception!
26-05-2012 14:46 #25
My DH was best man at his brothers wedding and I couldn't go because our kids were not invited.
The wedding was over an hour from home and most guests were staying the night. I can only leave my kids overnight with DHs parents, who were obviously at the wedding so unavailable to babysit.
I was so offended and will not forget it in a hurry. DH told BIL and SIL that I wouldn't be able to attend as I had no babysitter and they used words to the effect of "well that's her choice".
I drove there for the ceremony and then drive home once it was finished.
I cried on the way home because I was that upset about it. I felt like I wasn't an important enough part of the family :-(
My brother is getting married in qld in November and told me that kids weren't invited to their reception. We live in Vic and will be travelling up for the wedding but I told him there was no way we could come without the kids so he changed his mind and now my DDs will be flowergirls and he and his fiancé are both more than okay about it.
I think it's great to say that it's more fun with no kids but some people (like me) aren't always able to leave them with a trusted person, especially if it's expected that people will travel to attend. My kids have only ever slept at my in laws house without us and only for a single night at a time.
So I guess my reply is if you are happy to leave them, do so, but if you're not then you may miss out on some events.
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26-05-2012 14:50 #26Senior Member
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Gosh no, we didn't have kids at our wedding except newborns, we're also going to a wedding in october, my sister is coming down to mind our boys (4&2) mr 4yr old is the pageboy but will only stay til 9pm or so. Baby 3 will only be 8weeks old so will stay with us. Id much rather go to a wedding and have someone look after our older 2.
26-05-2012 14:55 #27
I would never leave my kids at an unfamiliar place with a person that they don't know and that I don't know.
I may have extra sensitive kids or something but in that situation my kids would be hysterical and I wouldn't be able to leave them anyway.
26-05-2012 14:56 #28
If I could find a suitable and trusted babysitter, yes.
Our wedding was a bit strange in that we had some kids but didn't invite everybody's kids. Some of the children we have a close relationship with (I could never have excluded my niece for example) but if I invited all of the kids there would have been about 30 kids there. But I understand that some people just want to have an adult affair.
26-05-2012 15:00 #29
I dont understand why people WANT to take their kids to weddings - we requested no children at ours (babies are completely different of course!) people were eating adult food (there were no nuggets ) drinking alcohol (so not the best setting for children anyway) and dancing till late in the night.
The best wedding I went to where children were welcome had a PAID babysitter in the kids room - where there were games, colouring in and a DVD going. We took our kids then, but only saw them for dining time ... then the kids (demanded to!) went back to the room to play .. it was a great idea...
I think there are some events that aren't really for kids *shrugs*
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26-05-2012 15:02 #30
If we had a babysitter yes of course we would! Sadly we don't so no we wouldn't be able to go. I think it's perfectly reasonable for people to have a no kids policy at their wedding (including newborns) it's their day. However they have to expect that some parents may not be able to attend.
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