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Sometimes the choice is clear. You may know for certain that you want children at your wedding. Or you maybe you really don’t want children in attendance at all. There really is no right answer here. This is your wedding and at the end of the day, the choice is yours. While everyone is going to have their opinions on the matter (and trust us, they’ll voice them), you shouldn’t be pressured one way or the other. If you are undecided, we’re here to help. Today we are talking about the pros and cons of inviting children to your wedding.
It’s almost inevitable that someone’s feeling will get hurt if you choose not to invite children to your wedding. While this shouldn’t be the deciding factor, it is something to consider. Opening your invitation to include children can help smooth any ruffled feathers. On the flip side of this though, is that you will also likely have guests that are going to be annoyed that you are inviting children.
At the end of the day, you need to realize that you aren’t going to be able to make everyone happy. You can try to be as kind and considerate as possible. But you aren’t responsible for your guests’ reactions and you don’t have to bend to their feelings or opinions. Your decision should be what is right for you so that you can have the wedding you and your partner want.
Many people may be concerned about the chaos that children at weddings cause. But there will also be plenty of sweet and funny moments that you will be sure to be reminiscing about for years to come. Children are memorable and they will be sure to leave you with some charming stories to recount.
Children can bring a sense of lightheartedness to your wedding day. This is especially true if you are stressed. Their innocence, wonder, and openness will melt your heart and remind you of what is really important about your wedding day.
I mean what else is there to say about the matter, really? Kids are so cute and a good photographer is going to be there to capture them in all their whimsy.
We would be remiss to not mention this as we discuss the pros of inviting children to your wedding. Essentially, wedding are about family. They are about honoring the people who raised and love you. And honoring the new family that you are stepping into. Inviting children to your wedding is one way that you can show your guests that family is important to you. If family is really important to you, then you may consider that the joy of including others outweighs a “perfect day”.
It’s the unpredictable nature of children that makes it so easy for them to experience and give joy. Ironically, it is also the trait that makes so many people anxious about inviting children to weddings. Just seeing their inhibited delight can fill you and your guests with hope and joy.
Do you love children? Does their love and adoration bring you joy? I mean, just imagine all the looks of awe and big hugs you’re going to get from your nearest and dearest littles.
If you love planning and making magic for your guests, here is one more pro for inviting children to your wedding. The children’s table doesn’t have to be an afterthought. You can make their area fun, whimsical, and just as photo worthy as the rest of your reception space. Have fun with it. Plan a low-key art project. Serve little kid friendly foods and drinks. Let the children’s space be inviting and interactive.
Let’s be real for a moment. Not everyone will be happy if you decide to have children at your wedding. Having a licensed, highly-rated nanny hired for your wedding can make all the difference. A good nanny will be able to oversee the children, keep them safe and out of trouble, and entertained as well.