Today, Pat White, on WOWO radio (1190 am), was crabbing about how expensive weddings are, so the first thing he suggested leaving out was children. Nice job, Pat. Should we really think it useful or wise keep children from seeing the joy that comes with marriage? The vows and celebration should be witnessed, enjoyed, and dreamed about by children, as well as the adults. Are children only distractions and pests? Or are they people, too? They will consider marriage someday, too, so why shouldn’t they see it from the beginning?
Pat, if you want to make the weddings less expensive and, involve friends and family in the preparations. They can cook, bake the cake, make the flower arrangements, make favors for the tables, etc. The list is endless. Just don’t be a cheapskate and think that leaving out the very people who should see such a thing is a virtuous act.
Pat went on to say that children make too much noise at weddings, anyway.
Children are not the only ones who make noise in church. And if they do, an adult can remind them of the importance of the event and that they need to be quiet. Some of the most distracting noises I have heard in church are snoring, clipping of nails, blowing of noses, crinkling of hard candy wrappers, coughing with uncovered mouths… all done by adults.