So You Want A Child Free Wedding

So You Want A Child Free Wedding

We get it, you want a night to celebrate without the distraction and limitations of children. Let’s face it the decision may ruffle some feather but guess what, thats okay! No couple should feel bad for wanting a child free wedding day. That being said, we thought you may need a few pointers on the subject.

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Be Clear

You can sugar coat it all you want, but the more you try to “imply” the request the higher chance someone is brining little Johnny to your wedding. Ive heard some people say, simply address the invitation to the parents, but it would be easy for a parent to assume you were including their child in that invite. A clear wording is the best and most effective way to ensure someone doesn’t bring their child to your celebration. I really love this clear cut example I found while doing some research “In order to allow all guest, including parents, and evening of relaxation we have chosen for our wedding day to be an adult only occasion.” After reading a straight forward request there should be no misunderstanding of your wishes (and if they still show up with little Johnny you can give them the stink eye all night long, Just kidding! Or am I?)

Put It On Your Wedding Website

Wedding Websites are a wonderful place for a guest to get all the information they need for your wedding day, so make sure to reiterate your wishes on your website. If you have already requested no children and you have followed that request up with adding it to your website a guest would find it very hard to say “I’m so sorry I didn’t realize children were not invited.”

Don’t Bend The Rules

Please heed this advice otherwise you just may end up in the middle of some very uncomfortable drama. No children means NO CHILDREN. If you start bending the rules and allow some guests to bring their children while you do not allow others you are probably going to offend some guests. With that being said…

Yes! You Can Have A Flower Girl And Ring Bearer

Don’t feel like your sweet cousin Katie can’t be your flower girl just because you have made your wedding child free. There is nothing wrong with having a flower girl, ring bearer, or even junior bridesmaids and groomsmen. You need to keep in mind however that once it’s time for the reception the parents need to have daycare provided for the evening (refer back to DON’T BEND THE RULES.)

Dont’ Back Down

It’s your big day! Go into this knowing some guests may give you a sob story of why they really need to bring their child, DON’T BACK DOWN! Trust me a parent may be a little “salty” at first that they couldn’t bring their adorable child and had to shell out for daycare, but my guess is a few drinks in, they will be singing your praises. Parents sometimes don’t realize how much they need a child-free night out until they experience one (take it from a mom of three.)

Something To Keep In Mind:

Though I support any couple who wants a child free wedding if you plan to have out of town guest you may need to keep in mind finding child care in a different state can prove hard. No parent wants to leave their child in an unfamiliar city with a complete stranger. Maybe they have family in town, thats great, but you need to understand not everyone will. If you plan to invite out of state guest with children it’s a good idea to consider hiring on site childcare for your wedding day. It’s a win-win! You get your child free wedding, the couple gets a few hour to themselves, and the child is being taken care of.

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Four Stress Reducing Bible Verses For Brides

Four Stress Reducing Bible Verses For Brides

You’re planning the wedding of your dreams, this should be the best experience of your life, right? Yes! Absolutely! However every bride to be should be aware with wedding planning comes stress. Even with the best of vendors and the most qualified wedding planner stress is a part of the wedding experience. We all at some point face stress, and Landon and I have yet to meet a bride who didn’t face some form of stress during her planning process. When your planning a wedding you learn quickly some things are just out of your control. Life throws curve balls and not everything works out just the way you envisioned. It’s a good idea to go into this planning process knowing there is a good chance you may encounter this nuisance we call stress, and we wanted to share with you eight stress reducing bible verses to get you through those unpleasant moments.

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”

Matthew 11:28

We love this verse. Isn’t it wonderful to know when you feel the most stressed, the most worried, the most outright exhausted from wedding planning He will give you rest. Jesus’ first miracle was actually preformed at a wedding. I think it’s safe to say he knows the effort that goes into them. Don’t ever believe your burden (stress) is too little or too simple to go to the Father about. He is a good Father and He cares for you. Let Him bring you rest in a stressful situation.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose”

Romans 8:28

Your Heavenly Father wants the best for you, He works for the good of His children. Does that mean everything in planning will go absolutely the way you want? No! What we must realize is God’s good for us is sometimes better than our own plans. When you run across an issue during your wedding planning, have faith that even if things aren’t going just as planned, we can let go of the stress and be excited for the even BETTER plan God is working out in your favor.

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”

1 Peter 5:7

Do you hear that? HE CARES FOR YOU! You’re not in this alone. God knows this is a huge moment in your life and that it’s important to you. God created marriage, so we know it’s important to Him as well. You don’t have to face any stressful situation in wedding planning alone. He is there for you to talk to and you can trust He is listening.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”

Psalms 46:10

“Be Still And Know That I Am God”, I think it’s safe to say we could all stand to remember that part of this verse. There are times in life we have to learn to LET GO and LET GOD. Sometimes our best efforts to control a situation in reality only makes the situation worse. It’s wise to sometimes stop in the chaos and wait for the Lord, He really does have perfect timing (even if we are sometimes impatient and feel like He is taking forever to respond.) If God is good, if God is worthy, and if God is loving, shouldn’t we trust Him to take care of the details of our planning experience that is stressing us the most. Shouldm’t we be able to Be Still? It’s not always easy (i can attest), but it’s always rewarding.

We hope these four bible verses bring you comfort and peace in any stressful situation you may face during your wedding planning experience. Keep in mind as your going through this time, it may feel a little overwhelming, but it’s a labor of love and the final product is your Happily Ever After.

 

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