People call for child-free weddings after toddler is seen wiping their face on bride’s dress
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And while we’re at it, can we please have child-free planes, too?
Children at wedding receptions has always been a contentious one.
But many are seething after seeing a video of a small child wiping their face on a bride's white dress as she's unable to find a napkin.
Luckily, the bride took it in her stride and began laughing.
The five-second clip was captioned: “Do not recommend serving ketchup with the chicken nuggets and fries for the kiddie meal…or just don’t invite kids.”
My god, if this dress was a Vera Wang or a Stella McCartney, these poor parents would never hear the end of it.
The TikTok video has been viewed 1.6 million times, with one user simply reacting: “No kids at my wedding.”
Another said: “And this is exactly why I’m having a child-free wedding.”
A third commented: “I would never speak to the kid’s parents again.”
While another raged: “I used to not understand when people said no kids at their wedding but I think I understand now.”
One TikToker who goes by the handle Sistered States shared a similar view and said she would forbid it as kids ‘kill the mood’.
“No one wants to get drunk and dance when there’s kids around,” she says.
According to Wisconsin-based wedding planner Meredith Bartel, child-free weddings are becoming increasingly popular.
Following the pandemic and the rising cost of living, couples are becoming a lot more frugal now.
“We’re not relying on our parents to pay for weddings the way we were a couple decades ago,” she told Glamour.
“People are making their own choices instead of having their parents plan their weddings.”
She continued: “It’s a chair at a table. Now an adult guest can’t be invited because of that kid.”
However, writer for MamaMia Zoe Rochford argued how exclusive an adult-only reception really is.
“The thing is, until I was a mum, I really didn’t get it. Until I’d been in the same position myself, I honestly couldn’t imagine how difficult - and hurtful - it is to receive a wedding invitation that actively dis-invited my kids. I genuinely didn’t appreciate that, in so many cases, to exclude children from weddings is to exclude mothers,” she writes.