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My friend uninvited my eight-month-old baby from her wedding – here’s why I ignored her and took him anyway
- A bride banned her friend’s infant from her wedding two weeks before the date
- The friend ignored her request and brought the baby to the ceremony
A bride has come under fire for uninviting her friend’s infant son from her wedding two weeks before the ceremony – and with little reasoning behind her cruel actions.
Bella* was overjoyed when her friend Olivia* announced her engagement and set a date for the wedding.
The young woman was pregnant at the time and hence booked transportation and accommodation for the eight-hour journey in advance, knowing her family would be on a single income closer to the date.
The invitation specified that babies were welcome, which is why Bella planned her trip around her son accompanying her.
But Olivia’s last-minute decision to exclude Bella’s son came as a shock, which is why the young mum decided to ignore her friend’s warning and take the baby with her anyway.
A bride has come under fire for uninviting her friend’s infant son from her wedding two weeks before the ceremony – and with little reasoning behind her cruel actions
Bella shared a post explaining her situation online and provided more context about the falling out.
‘I met the bride for a coffee-catchup two weeks before the wedding, we were quite busy and hadn’t seen each other for a few months.’
Both women were new mums, with Olivia’s child only a few months younger than Bella’s.
‘My son starting walking at eight months old, and Olivia she commented on how ‘advanced’ he is for his age. She doesn’t say anything else but later messaged to say she didn’t realise my son could walk and asked me not to bring him to the wedding.’
Bella was shocked – all her bookings were non-refundable and she couldn’t afford to lose the money.
‘My son was still breastfeeding at the time and I’d never spent a night away from him. I apologised but said I couldn’t leave my child behind so I took him to the wedding. There were four others babies at the wedding, with a few young kids around.’
Bella then revealed a surprising change the event: the ‘wedding’ had turned into a christening
Bella then revealed a surprising change the event: the ‘wedding’ had turned into a christening.
‘Olivia didn’t wear a wedding dress and they didn’t do token vows. They were calling it a celebration for friends and family. There was a mix of ‘wedding’ speeches after the dinner and a lot of talk about the real wedding – but I wasn’t invited.’
The bride’s mother asked Bella and her family to ‘leave’ immediately after dinner, which upset her greatly, as they had travelled more than eight hours to get to the ‘wedding’.
‘I left, but it’s ruined our friendship because I think she behaved badly. Two weeks notice was unfair, especially since other babies were there. I felt so unwelcome.’
The bride’s mother asked Bella and her family to ‘leave’ immediately after dinner, which upset her greatly, as they had travelled more than eight hours to get to the ‘wedding’
Many slammed the bride for her last-minute request.
‘The bride is unreasonable – she said babies were allowed. It was a christening – it wasn’t even a wedding! What’s her problem?’
A second said, ‘I’d usually always side with the hosts, but this is ridiculous. Just because your son can walk, doesn’t mean he’s not a baby. She was probably jealous of how advanced he is.’
But others criticised Bella for refusing to be accommodating on her friend’s wedding day.
‘It’s fair for the bride to not want toddlers running around during her wedding,’ a woman said. ‘You’re an a**hole for bringing your child when he was invited.’
‘Two weeks is long enough to arrange a babysitter. It was rude of you to ignore the bride’s request,’ another wrote.
*Names have been changed to protect privacy.