Balancing Bliss and Chaos: The Pros and Cons of Including Children at Your Wedding

I often hear the discussion of whether to invite children to weddings. As a parent myself I can see the pros and cons alike.  Children at weddings can be a wonderful addition to the day. They bring a special energy and can add to the joy and fun to the event. Additionally, children can serve important roles such as flower girls, page boys or ring bearers. However, sometimes when it comes to children at weddings, things can get a little tricky for the both the wedding guests and the photographer alike.

Including children at your wedding can add an extra layer of cuteness and joy to your day. They can make for great subjects for candid shots and generally are much more keen on posing than the grown ups! Weddings are often a time when families come together, and having children at the wedding can make the event feel more inclusive and welcoming for everyone. Some of the most emotional and touching moments at weddings involve children. Whether it’s the flower girl walking down the aisle or the ring bearer delivering the rings, these moments can be incredibly emotional and of course make for wonderful photographs.

Having looked at the positives, if you are considering not inviting children to your wedding then in many cases parents are delighted! Taking a break from parenting responsibilities can be a welcome respite for parents, especially during such an important event as a weddings. While weddings are joyous occasions, they can also be hectic and demanding for adults. Not having children at the wedding allows parents to fully immerse themselves in the celebration without constantly tending to their little ones’ needs. It provides an opportunity for parents to relax, socialise, and enjoy the festivities without the constant worry of keeping their children entertained, fed, or well-behaved.

In conclusion, having children at weddings can be both heartwarming and fun and always makes for great photographs. As a wedding photographer, it’s important I’m prepared for all eventualities and able to adapt to any situation that may arise. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to have children at your wedding is up to you, but if you do decide to include children, it’s important to have a plan in place to ensure that everything runs smoothly and everybody can enjoy the day equally.