It's a common experience - the bride and groom gaze lovingly into each other's eyes, waiting for the priest to utter the most important six words they'll ever hear, "you are now husband and wife". And then a baby starts screaming.
There's just no getting around the fact that small children aren't well suited to long days full of speeches, or that they're unlikely to alter their behaviour to suit you - even during the most poignant moments of your life.
As a result, it's become increasingly common for couples to opt for child-free weddings.
However, with over 50% of people still feeling that it's always appropriate for children to be invited (All About Party Bag's Wedding Survey, 15.04-17.04), there's clearly no one-size-fits-all solution. Ultimately, the right decision depends on each individual couple.
Whether or not to invite children is one of the biggest wedding dilemmas that brides and grooms will face - and you only need to visit a forum such as Baby's World to be aware that it's a contentious issue.
It isn't unusual for parents to take offence if their children aren't invited, and a child-free wedding can, of course, cause problems if your guests struggle to find childcare.
However, the important thing to remember is that it's your day and if, for whatever reason (be it lack of space, money or patience) you decide not to invite children, you don't have to feel guilty.
If you do decide to have a child-free wedding, there are a number of things you can do to minimise the risk of offence.
If you do decide to invite children, they can be a wonderful addition to your day - but a little forward-planning is necessary to make sure things run smoothly.
Read our Wedding Magazine for more tips on how to keep kids entertained on the big day.
If there's one topic that inflames debate, it's the "should children be invited to weddings?" dilemma. Whilst many people would never dream of throwing a child-free wedding, an increasing number of couples are opting for adult-only receptions.
The important thing to remember is that it's your day and with a little forward-planning everything can run smoothly - whatever you decide.
What do you think? Should children always be invited to weddings or are child-free weddings perfectly acceptable? Let us know in the comments.
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