Thinking about taking your little ones to your friend’s wedding? You might want to think again…
A whopping 46 per cent of people feel children shouldn’t be present at wedding parties, of which 19 per cent are not keen on children attending weddings at all, according to a new survey.
The OnePoll survey commissioned by All About Party Bags, surveyed 1000 adults from across the country asking whether they felt it was suitable for children to attend weddings.
Key reasons given for not wanting children present included bad behaviour, noise during the ceremony and a feeling that it was unsuitable for children to be around alcohol and drunkenness. Some even felt that it wasn’t appropriate for children to be exposed to religious practices.
Ginny Staniford, managing director of All About Party Bags, said, ‘We were very surprised by the split in results from this research as such a large proportion didn’t want to see children at wedding parties or ceremonies, but perhaps not so surprised by the reasons given for choices.
‘Wedding vows and speeches are such crucial elements of the ‘big day’ that the sound of noisy children or crying babies can potentially ruin what should be emotional and atmospheric moments, which can never be repeated.
“Not only that but once the ‘serious’ aspects of the day are over and the evening party begins, guests and the happy couple alike tend to let their hair down and celebrate with a drink or two, which is when overtired or unsupervised children can run riot.’
Ginny added that traditional roles for children, including flower girls and page boys is a ‘lovely notion’, but it’s vital that they are sufficiently supervised and entertained during what can be a very long day for them.
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