Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

April 3, 2014

In Your View

ASHLAND — Weddings are not for small children

I read the article “What they don’t tell you about planning a wedding” by Rebecca Huppman in the March 30 Independent. I think the writer didn’t go far enough about children and weddings.

I went to two weddings where brides and the bridemaids were beautiful and the groom and groomsmen were handsome, nut that is not the only things I remember.

At the first wedding when the bride and her father were coming down the aisle the photographer stepped out in front of them and raised her hand to stop then while she took a picture. The photographer was like a monkey running all over the place during the service so she could take pictures. She seemed to forget a wedding is first a religious ceremony and pictures could be taken after the wedding.

The second wedding was over twenty years ago but I will never forget it. The wedding was in a large Ashland church. In the back of the sanctuary was a large glassed-in cry room with speakers for children to play while the parents could see the service and hear it and not disturb the service. During the wedding a small child kept yelling “no I don’t want to.” I was about five rows behind them.

On their recording of the wedding, the couple could hear that child and mother. The whole family was upset.

Weddings are not for children under eight. If the bride and groom wants a family affair, why not ask the parents to leave the children at home?

These rules should apply to small weddings also. Thewishes of the bride and groom should come first. The ushers  should say, “We’re sorry but the couple is not permitting children to attend their wedding.”

Let the parents know that, if possible, they plan on having a picnic for the children who were not permitted to attend the wedding. Maybe that would ease the tension and smooth ruffled feathers. I am sure the children would have more fun in the park than a wedding.

Helen Adkins, Flatwoods

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