No Kids Allowed S/O Weddings and Family Functions

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No Kids Allowed S/O Weddings and Family Functions

Y'all know how I feel about weddings so I know I am biased.

What do you feel about "no children allowed" weddings? MY SIL's wedding was NCA excpet for my daughter (had to find sitter for DS) only bceause she was the flower girl. What about dinners for like Anniversaries or Birthday dinners where you are asked to not bring children?

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I've never brought children to a wedding other than the 3 weddings I attended with a baby under 6 weeks old who was nursing (ugh). It's all about location / culture IMO. In my area weddings are evening affairs, children dont come.

Family parties usually include children, unless they are late/fancy events, like an anniversary party at a fancy place. I've never been asked to not being children, it's just understood and event dependent. I love kid free weddings! I like relaxing and enjoying myself without dealing with tired cranky kids who long to be in bed.

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Whomever is paying for the party makes the rules.

Kid free weddings/functions aren't really normal within my group of friends and family, though. I would be cool with it if they were more common. Initially I didn't want kids at my wedding either.

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I don't have a problem with anyone throwing an event and saying no children. None at all. It hasn't really come up for us, but if it did, we would happily go if we could, and stay home if we couldn't get a babysitter, with no hard feelings either way.

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I have never been to a child free wedding, but it does sound nice.
How would you add that to the invitation though without sounding like a douche?

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You don't write that. The invitation is addressed to who is invited..... Mr and mrs xyz. Were children invited it would be addressed as "and family"

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Child-free weddings are the norm around here as they were where we lived in NY. I have no problem with them. Our wedding was adults only.

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Many of the weddings I have been to there is a babysitter for people that bring their children. I am going to a wedding this weekend, but because no one said otherwise I am assuming I need to have a babysitter.

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I have never heard of having a babysitter at a wedding!

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Dinners or anything like that I wouldn't mind children, but I'm absolutely anti children at weddings (at least my own). I made sure that everyone knew that no children were allowed when we were married. My point is this: your wedding day is one of most important and memorable days of your entire life. Why would you want someone's kid screaming, throwing a fit, or making any kind of noise for your 15 minutes (general time of the actual ceremony) of vow exchanging. Come on, that day means so much and costs so much, to me any type of interruption would completely ruin it. Even if I were invited to a wedding, I would NEVER take my kids, even if it wasn't stipulated that children were OK. You just never know with kids...

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"TyrantOfTheWeek" wrote:

I have never been to a child free wedding, but it does sound nice.
How would you add that to the invitation though without sounding like a douche?

You can't really do that, so you have to make sure that someone in the family makes it a point to let everyone invited know that your event is adults only.