Kids at Your Wedding: Yes or No?

The laughter and smiles brought by children can be wonderfully sweet additions to your wedding, but sometimes circumstances make the day better suited for the adults. As much fun as having kids present can be, sometimes it’s just better to let them stay at home depending on what you have planned. Each bride has to decide for herself what she wants to do, but there are a couple of things to consider when doing so.

First, little ones can be pretty unpredictable. This is great for having fun at the reception, but it can definitely be distracting if they suddenly become vocal during the ceremony. Of course they’re young and don’t realize they’re being disruptive. However, that won’t keep your guests from focusing on the crying behind them while you’re in the middle of your vows. Some brides who really would like kids to be able to attend will opt to make the ceremony adults only but invite the whole family to the reception. That way everyone can join in on the fun!

If you’re going to have kids present, then you’re going to want to plan your entertainment with them in mind. Whether it be coloring books, bubbles, board games, or some other activity, you’ll probably want something designated for just the kids to do. It can also be a good idea to make sure you have someone available to supervise your little guests. On the other hand, if you’re a bride who really doesn’t want to plan anything extra, then a completely adults only wedding might be for you.

Another thing to consider is the time of day your wedding will be taking place and how long you anticipate it lasting. As you go later into the evening you will lose guests that have to take their children home before bedtime or as they get tired. This will prevent them from sticking around to celebrate and will make the dance floor much less lively if you were planning on dancing all night. If you want to have children at your wedding it will be better to schedule it earlier in the day.

In the end, make the decision that’s best for your wedding vision and all of your guests (especially the littlest ones)!