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Thursday, July 16, 2009

6 Reasons Why You Should Not Bring Your Child to a Wedding

Last Sunday we were honored to witness my cousin's exchanging of the marriage vows. It was an outdoor wedding with a Cinderella ball kind of reception. The weather was perfect, the scenery was gorgeous, the newlyweds were happy and nervous at the same time which is understood. Everything was like a fairy tale. Everything except for one thing: our baby-sitter bailed on us 4 days before the big day!
Never, oh never bring kids to a formal evening event! There are good reasons for that.
I had no other choice...

  1. Since it was an evening affair it meant that outfits had to be evening (fanciest, the most glamorous) too. Children included. So, here we are, parents. Pony up big bucks for an outfit that your Junior will wear once in his/her lifetime. Children have a tendency to grow, you know.

  2. Maybe it is just me, but I don't think it is right for kids to sit at the same table where adults are drinking liquor. We all know that it is normal and unavoidable. Just not for children.

  3. At the wedding we went to a live band was playing. The music was unbelievably loud even for my beat up concert going ears. Pumpkin was holding hands over her ears first 15-20 minutes. Didn't look good. And I was also concerned about her ear drums.

  4. No matter how much fun it is for you to attend such a special event, children get bored and tired(embrace yourself for a possible tantrum). The latter is closely followed by #5.

  5. Even a child with exceptional table manners is accident-prone which might result in the end of your red carpet style gown.

  6. Be ready to call it a night early. In my case, when all the guests started dancing Pumpkin decided that it was time to go to sing a lullaby. And that was just what we did.

Don't make me start on picky eaters, introverts, and potty trainees!

Leave your dearest little ones at home and enjoy some life a little, moms and dads. If you are dying to show of your kids to the crowd of your relatives and friends, trust me, it is not the time. You might end up embarrassing yourself and traumatizing your kiddos. There will be plenty of opportunities for them to attend an adult event later on in life when they are ready.


JosiahsMommy said...

Haha. You need to publish this somewhere!

Little Ladybugs said...

You are 100% correct. I always end up taking my kids almost everywhere and its so hard to keep up with them.

SmartPumpkin'sMom said...

I had been looking forward to this event so much and I didn't have a good time at all. It was like trying to party during your work hours.

Jen said...

I agree completely! At my sisters wedding Connie and Bina were to be ring bearer and flower girl. Not until the ceremony started did it hit me and them. It's nap time! They were fussy and I had to leave with the kids in tow while the
man performing the ceremony gave his speach.

Jocelyn said...

We just went to a friend's wedding a few weeks ago and me and my boyfriend went without our kids. Whew! That was a really good decision. One of our friends brought their 2 year old boy and man, all she did was sat on one chair the whole time with a clingy, whiny toddler in her arms. Everyone thought she looked miserable. I imagined I'd be the same if I brought my two year old son too. Bad idea.

SO kudos to this post. You hit the right notes! :)

SmartPumpkin'sMom said...

It's sad but true. I was one of those very few people with a clingy kid on my lap. Oh, well...

Jeanette said...

That is a great post! I can totally relate!

Stephanie ~This Army Wife~ said...


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Samantha Gianulis said...

I. so. agree. Last 2 weddings we've hired babysitters, and were so happy we did.
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Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

My kids seem to make me a nervous wreck at these types of functions.