Not turning the wedding into a kids' party but a family event in general. While the majority of kids we are inviting are preteens and older, at least in my family, weddings are for the whole family, not just the parents. If you were to have an adult only event, be it a wedding or otherwise, you can guarantee to not receive an invite to future family events. So luckily for everyone, the kids are raised how to behave in public social settings, and we have zero worries, even with alcohol served, which happens around kids and teens everyday with nothing going wrong.
We would have loved to invite children and they were originally were on our list prior to sending out save the dates, but our list got too big so we had to eliminate children except for those in the bridal party. If you want them there and can afford to invite them, then I say go for it. Some parents may decide to leave their children at home because they want a night to themselves.
That’s the joy of weddings... the couple gets to decide on the the type of celebration they want to host. That includes the formality level, colors, style, theme, decor, food, guest list, etc. and whether they want it to be a kid-friendly event or not.
I'm on the fence, because I really want the kids there but they're pushing our micro-wedding guest list over the venue's limit. I know 10-20% of guests usually RSVP "no," but it's risky to assume.
This is my second wedding, and for my first we invited kids. I did a whole table with activities and kids gift bags. No one even touched them! The kids spent the whole time on the dance floor or playing tag outside. This time around, I'm just going to kind of let them fend for themselves, lol
We'll definitely be having a kid friendly wedding. With our guest list, it would be crazy not to. It's still somewhat of an upscale wedding with certain attire and the decor but I'd still love for the kids to be there. Most of them are family and most are old enough to know how to behave. Plus, with our venue, we'll have a game room and lounge so they'll be plenty occupied.
We are inviting kids in the family. We have a minimal amount of family here, so all of our family traveling (4 cousins & brother in law) have kids. One cousin here has kids so we’re including them. They’re all young, so should be interesting, but wouldn’t want to leave them out
We are having a kid friendly wedding. Most of the "kids" are teenagers (two of which are bridesmaids..FH's daughters) but we do have 6 little ones (5 and under) on the guest list. Three of those are flower girls. Since it is Halloween wedding, the parents are all planning to take the kids to a local trick or treat event during the early afternoon, and we will have treat bags for them as well.
Our wedding is totally kid friendly. More last minute, I decided to whip up a little activity book for the kids during the ceremony (which I’m also giving to my students for Friday and Monday morning work (I teach kindergarten and we’re on a blended plan right now so two different groups of kids on Friday and Monday). Our reception is outdoors and we’re having lawn games set up. I made a giant tic tac toe board, we bought a giant Jenga, borrowing cornhole boards and croquet.
We're also having a kid friendly wedding because we see this as a family event, not just something for us or adults. Plus most of my family has kids so we really wouldn't have anyone attend if we did otherwise. My godmother is known to skip out on stuff if the kids aren't invited as it's hard to get a sitter. I don't actually mind since we both love kids & sometimes they can make an event better than it just being adults only. Our kids are well behaved & if they're not, the parents don't allow them to just misbehave & get out of control so we have nothing to worry about.
We have a smaller room off the main one that we're using for an activity room so we'll have coloring & games so they'll have plenty to do.
We invited kids, and even hired a friend's nanny for the night so that the parents could have peace of mind. Only a few kids did come - and they were all under 4, so they mostly hung with their parents, but having the babysitter there was helpful!
Our 'niblings' mean a lot to us - we were one of the last of our group to get married - so we loved to have them there.
On our wedding video, there's a fantastic moment: one baby there was about 10 months old, and as I turned down the aisle, he let out the biggest CROW, timed absolutely perfectly! (Theatre baby.) I couldn't help but grin and look for him, and it felt like this happy baby blessing.