Children at the wedding?
I really really do not want there to be too many children at my wedding.
My partner has 5 nieces/nephews aged 4-10 that obviously need to be invited, but they are all very well behaved so that's not a problem.
My friends have openly said that they do not want to bring their children because they are looking forward to a child-free evening where they can let their hair down!
The tricky part is when it comes to my cousins' children. I have lots of cousins. And they all have lots of children. Some of whom I have never even met and whose names I do not know. On my guest list they are literally "child 1, child 2". I'm not even sure how many are boys or girls. My parents say I HAVE to invite the children as all of my cousins are coming from various corners of the UK and can't leave their children overnight with a babysitter (um, how about the other set of parents that aren't my aunt and uncle?). They aren't adding a huge amount to the cost so that's not the issue.
Do I just suck it up and invite them all? I can't very well say it will be a child-free wedding when my partner's nieces and nephews are running around. But I kinda want to be selfish seeing as it's my wedding and I never envisioned it with lots of kids running around and screaming.
Any advice gratefully received!