To Invite or Not to Invite?

Sep 13, 2007, 01:00 ET from Paper Posie

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- That is the question
 many brides and grooms wrestle with when it comes to having young children
 at their wedding. As the expectations and associated costs of weddings have
 skyrocketed, children are often excluded, even though that's often not easy
 to do, notes Penny Paine, author and designer of products specifically
 created for children at weddings.
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     "Cause for concern is justified because a whole wedding day is too long
 for little children," Paine says. "Wedding events have inherently long wait
 times, from getting dressed up to saying goodbye, so finding things
 children can do to keep them occupied, interacting positively or being
 quiet can help make sure everyone has a good time."
     Every year, nearly 2.4 million weddings take place in the United
 States. Assuming that a large percentage of brides and grooms welcome young
 guests to their nuptials, this means about 10 million children will be
 participating in or attending a wedding.
     In today's complex world we are encouraged to support family values and
 provide a solid foundation of love for our children. Certainly it is the
 happy couple's special day, but what adult doesn't remember going to a
 wedding as a child? Weddings are about "love," "caring," and "honoring"
 each other and having a great time.
     Today brides and grooms come with their own children and, of course,
 young relatives or friends are invited to serve as flower girls and ring
 bearers. Even reception venues are addressing the children dilemma by
 creating smaller children's tables along with an array of toys and favors.
 Kid-friendly menus are available to help reduce overly stressed and hungry
 children. Some arrange for a magician, treasure hunts, pinatas, pony rides,
 and more!
     Kids at weddings? Probably more than you would think because in the
 end, many brides and grooms do decide to allow children. After all, what is
 the institution of marriage set up for?
     Penelope C. Paine is the owner of Paper Posie
     Building Traditions for Children
     Publisher and manufacturer of books and products specifically designed
 for children attending weddings.

SOURCE Paper Posie