Bride set on child-free wedding blasted online by uninvited parents whose destructive kids ruined previous wedding

Gillian Sisley

A bride who witnessed at her own sister’s wedding the destruction that children can cause at such an event, has decided to go child-free for her own celebration. After certain families that were removed from her guest list confronted her about it, the author wrote a Reddit post to ask whether or not she is in the wrong for choosing to go child-free for her big day.

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The author, an expectant bride, starts off by explaining that she attended her sister’s wedding last year, and picked up some key details that she wanted to implement for her own big day.

With the average cost of a wedding in the US sitting at $28,000, according to data from The Knot, it’s understandable that after so much planning and money invested, a bride and groom would want their big day to go smoothly. Sadly, not every guest is conscientious of this fact.

The author went into further detail about what happened at her sister’s wedding in her post:

“She had a very elegant and beautiful wedding and reception planned. It was child free. Several people did not understand the meaning of "child free" and brought their kids anyways.”

The author’s sister didn’t want to cause a scene on her wedding day, so she didn’t send them away. However, because the children were present a lot of things went wrong:

“One screamed through the ceremony. There were no [extra] places for them at the reception so their parents had to share their food with them. The worst was the kid that wanted a cupcake off the table the wedding cake was on. He tipped the wedding cake onto the floor. My dad saved it but there was a handprint on the lowest tier and a lot of cupcakes hit the floor. All in all it was four families that brought uninvited children.”

After witnessing all the ways children almost ruined her sister’s big day, the author decided to not invite those same families to her own wedding, scheduled for May. The author also created a private Facebook group for those invited to share pictures and videos.

There are plenty of reasons why a bride or groom may choose to host a child-free wedding. One of the biggest reasons is due to cost— every guest costs money, and the fewer children invited, the more loved ones the bride and groom can invite. Other reasons include no interruptions during the ceremony, and guests being able to let their hair down.

Word made it to the 4 families that they didn’t get an invite, and they posted on social media complaining about how the bride was ‘excluding them for no good reason’. That said, the bride and other guests then posted videos and comments about all of the incidents from the sister’s wedding, which upset the uninvited families even further:

“Now they are all calling me a [terrible person] for embarrassing them for having children and wanting to be part of family events. I said that they could not understand why rules were in place and that is why they were not invited.”

What do you think?

Is it truly selfish to have a child-free wedding, and not let guests bring their kids along?

Or is it entirely up to the married-couple-to-be how they structure their big day, considering they’re fronting the bill and the day is meant to celebrate them anyways, not accommodate all of their guests’ wishes?

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