1. Kids are super cute (in photos only)
Case in point: This gorgeous little flower girl created the most beautiful, candid photo for us. When captured at the right moment, kids really do make for the most stunning wedding photos. But here’s what really happened: The girl’s mother had been chastising her in a hysterical whisper to sit in her seat for most of the service, but she wasn’t having a bar of it. Mum
missed the ceremony and now she feels terrible for interrupting a beautiful moment for the couple. Kids don’t understand what is going on in a wedding and certainly don’t want to be sitting still on a hard wooden pew, listening to some old guy in a cloak drone on and on.
They’re not interacting with family members and getting to know their relatives.
There is no reason for them to attend. If they would rather be running around outside, let them.
2. It’s OK to set an age limit
If they’re a newborn, still require breastfeeding and are small enough to spend the whole event swaddled up in a blanket, there’s no way that kid’s parents can attend without their baby. If the parents are important to you, you’ll want them there.
If you do allow tiny people at your wedding, you need to accommodate for this. Ensure the family is positioned at a table where a pram or capsule can be placed nearby, and cross your fingers that mum has enough sense to walk out if her bub starts making a noise during the speeches.
3. Kids are expensive
Not only are you going to be paying for their meals — which they probably won’t eat — you’ll have to provide a kids’ entertainer.
Having a clown or movie character entertain the children in a nearby room is essential if you have kids at your wedding — but these acts usually start at around the $350 mark.
4. The ability to be able to finish a senten … ‘Shh darling, Mummy’s talking, please wait your turn’
Couples invite guests to a wedding because they enjoy their company and want to spend time with them. And sadly, weddings and funerals are one of the few times we get to catch up with old friends and extended family.
Having a child-free night means that you will be able to focus on the person you are actually talking to and chat about old memories away from interrupting children.
5. Parental date night
Finding the time (and energy) to schedule date night can be difficult. A wedding is the perfect date night — you’ve got plenty of notice in advance, unlimited booze and a dance floor with some of your best friends. Put yourself before your kids for once and make it happen.
Rachael Bentick is the director of Inlighten Photography and one of Australia’s most popular bridal coaches. Find out more on rachaelbentick.com.