Have you been invited to a kid-free wedding? Did you go?

by singlemomseeking on January 16, 2008

wedding.jpgI’m in a tight spot and I need your help.

My best friend from childhood has just invited me to her wedding in southern California. I would love to fly down to San Diego and party with her! (My little sister, who’s single and child-free, is going for sure).

But here’s the catch: her wedding is kid-free. (Well, except for her sister’s kids and her nieces.)

As you know, I’m a single mom — and I’m disappointed. Isn’t a wedding all about family and kids? What’s the deal?

Help me out here. I’m not bringing a baby who will cry. My kid is very well-mannered. Sure, weddings cost A LOT. But we’ll share a meal.

I just wrote to my friend to tell her how happy I am for her.

I said, “I really, really want to come… I would love to be there… but I know the wedding is kid-free, except for family.”

I let her know about my dilemma — that I want to be there but I don’t feel right about leaving my daughter back home for the weekend with childcare (which is challenging to find as a solo mom for a WHOLE weekend).

She said, “I completely understand. We would have loved to invite M., too , but if she came, then so would about 20 plus other kids…Unfortunately, we do not have the means to pay for such a large event so this was a decision we had to make.”

Tell me: What YOU would do in my shoes?

– Would you leave your child at home and fly to another city for an adults-only wedding with your best friend from childhood?
– Do you even agree with kid-free weddings? Did you have a kid-free wedding?

– If you answered “yes” to that last question, if you could do it all over again today (now that you’re a parent) would your wedding still be kid-free?

Help me out here. What should I do?

– Have you left your child at home and flown to another city for an adults-only wedding?
– Do you even agree with kid-free weddings? Did you have a kid-free wedding?

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Laura October 1, 2015 at 11:45 am

A wedding is NOT all about family and children, just FYI. A wedding is about the couple, watching them show their love for each other. A wedding is what they want, and not what people expect them to do.


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