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Bride kicks her family out of child-free wedding for bringing kids anyway

When it comes to planning a wedding, it can get pretty stressful, pretty fast. 

There's the choosing of the theme, the writing of the seating plan, and most importantly – the guest list, and the very charged question of whether or n ot to have a child-free wedding. 

One bride has posted to Reddit to ask the site's opinion as to whether or not she was wrong to ask a couple who brought two children to a child-free wedding to leave. 

The Reddit poster specifically said on the invitation that no children were to be in attendance on the day, but when one couple showed up at the church ceremony with their two kids in tow, she let it slide, assuming that they had arranged a babysitter for the kids during the reception or were planning on just attending the ceremony themselves. 

However, at the reception, the children were also there. The bride was understandable irritated by this, and asked her wedding planner to explain to the couple that the wedding was child-free.

'I had many other guests and didn’t really feel like dealing with it so I asked our event planner to go over to them and discuss whether someone was picking up the child as the reception (and wedding, frankly!) were not supposed to have children,' she wrote. 

'I mean, everyone was drinking and loud and rowdy and a crying child and another little one running around was not part of the plan. (The infant already had to be taken out once during the wedding ceremony because of fussiness and the toddler was, from what I could see, already appearing cranky).'

'My event planner went to talk to the couple. I could tell they were arguing with my event planner though so I went over to help him. I think they thought I came to rescue them because they started going on about how rude my event planner was.'

'I explained that I had actually sent him over to discuss the children. I reiterated that the event was child-free and said that I had stated so clearly on my invitations.'

'The wife gave a sort of apology and then assured me that they were capable of minding their own children to make sure they didn’t get in the way of anything. I said that wasn’t really the point. That’s when my now-husband comes over and he and the other woman’s husband begin going back and forth and things got a little heated.'

'Finally I snapped.' she wrote, before asking the couple to leave with their uninvited little guests.

'The whole scene was incredibly embarrassing which is exactly what I wanted to avoid.'

'I really hate that my wedding day had to be somewhat marred by this incident. According to my mother, everyone was talking about it and I guess enjoying a little dramatic entertainment.'

Overwhelmingly, people online thought that the bride was not in the wrong. However, some marauded the difficulties of accessing a babysitter, and said that clearly the poster does not know of the trials and tribulations of balancing parenting with a healthy social life. 

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