She Refused to Break Her Child-Free Wedding Rule for Her Newborn Nephew. Now Her Sister’s Livid, Deciding Not to Attend the Bachelorette, Ceremony, and Reception Altogether!

All she wanted was a wedding where everyone had fun and enjoyed the day. But her child-free rule was about to cause serious problems she didn’t think of!

Exclusive to Adults

Image Credit: Shutterstock / goodluz

OP (Original Poster), a 27-year-old woman, will be marrying her 28-year-old fiancé in a couple of months. From the start, she already told him she didn’t want kids at their wedding, and he agreed.

Completely Child-Free

Image Credit: Shutterstock / TGTGTG

Both sides of their families didn’t have kids to begin with, so it was easy to achieve what they wanted. They even sent out invitations that said it was an adults-only event.

Aside from that, their wedding venue only allows a maximum of five children because kids tend to break things accidentally.

A Baby on the Way

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Roman Samborskyi

However, after over a year of planning, OP’s sister told them she was having a baby two months before the wedding and jokingly asked if her child was allowed.

OP wrote, “We said we would think about it, but ideally not. She’s also standing in the wedding.”

An Immediate Answer

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Trzykropy

Last week, before OP shared this story, her sister called and said she needed an answer right then and there, even though she wasn’t due for a couple of months. Refusing to be rushed, OP said they haven’t decided yet.

Some Helpful Suggestions

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Asier Romero

Conversely, OP tried to offer a few solutions, such as getting a babysitter or having her sister’s boyfriend’s parents watch the baby, as they’ll probably want the night off.

The child could also be there for the family pictures but will be tucked away during the ceremony in another room.

Where Mommy Goes, Baby Goes

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Krakenimages.com

Sadly, OP’s sister was persistent. She wanted the baby there for everyone to meet, and also because she didn’t feel comfortable leaving her child with a sitter.

Free of Distractions

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Krakenimages.com

So, OP told her sister that, ideally, she didn’t want the baby there in case he started crying during the ceremony. Besides, she doesn’t feel like her wedding is the right time and place for her sister to show off her newborn.

OP added, “I want everyone to enjoy the day and have fun. I also feel like she will hand off the baby to my mom, preventing my mom from fully enjoying the day.”

Uninviting Herself

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Khosro

The day after their initial conversation, OP’s sister texted her, saying she was withdrawing herself from the wedding party. OP thanked her for her honesty and said she understood where she came from.

Left Unanswered

Image Credit: Shutterstock / fizkes

Then, OP asked her if that meant she wasn’t coming to the wedding at all. However, it’s been over a week, and her sister still hasn’t responded.

OP wrote, “I also explained that all I was requesting of her is to stand during the ceremony. Show up 20 minutes before the ceremony, and that’s fine.”

Sulky Sister?

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Ahmet Misirligul

That same week, her sister also didn’t come to her bachelorette party, asserting they were doing activities she could not do.

OP said, “We went for a walk on the beach with coffee, out for lunch, and a painting class.”

Standing in Someone’s Shoes

Image Credit: Shutterstock / fizkes

Now, OP doesn’t know if she’s “overreacting” because she doesn’t have kids and doesn’t want one. So, naturally, she’s having difficulty seeing the situation from her sister’s perspective.

What Redditors Think

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Boumen Japet

For some, both OP’s wedding and her sister’s baby are important. Timing plays a huge role in everything, and unfortunately, it seemed the timing wasn’t on their side.

The top commenter wrote, “Not the a**hole. You are within your right to have a child-free wedding. But it is also reasonable for your sister not to want to be separated from her newborn infant for several hours. I agree that introducing a new baby at your wedding would draw attention away from the wedding celebration, but remember that while your wedding is huge for you, it is perfectly normal for a pregnant woman to not be up for socializing, and her pregnancy and newborn child is every bit as huge for her.”

The same person added, “Your wedding doesn’t trump her child, and her child doesn’t trump your wedding. It sounds like this is just a case of bad timing. If you and your sister have had a good relationship until now, I hope you both make an effort to get past the timing issue. Your wedding is just one day. And her child will only be a newborn infant for a very short time. You two have the rest of your lives to be good sisters.”

Seeing Both Sides

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Krakenimages.com

Others pointed out that this is not a matter of whether OP is the a**hole or not. Both she and her sister made their own choices, and it’s better that it was settled earlier.

Someone said, “Not the a**hole. It’s your wedding, and you don’t want any babies there. Fine. Your wedding, your choice. Your sister doesn’t feel comfortable being separated from her newborn. Fine. Her baby, her choice. It’s good that she stepped out as soon as she was sure that she wouldn’t be able to be there.”

“Not the a**hole. I would absolutely not leave my baby without me for more than an hour or two at that age. A wedding they weren’t invited to, I just wouldn’t go. You don’t want a tiny baby that should be with their mom at your wedding. The baby has a good mom who doesn’t want to leave them, so they step down with plenty of notice. It seems like your sister is respecting your wishes. No problem here at all,” another person wrote.

Direct to the Point

Image Credit: Shutterstock / YoloStock

Some people pointed out that OP should’ve just told her sister that her nephew wouldn’t be an exception for the wedding.

One Redditor wrote, “Okay, I think you’re the a**hole a little, simply because you knew the answer would be no, but you decided to dance around and not give a solid answer. You shouldn’t have lied to your sister. You should have been an adult and owned your decision. This is the part where you’re the a**hole. You finally give her your answer, and she decides to bow out. Both of you are cool here.”

What are your opinions on this matter? Do you think OP was wrong?

More From Quote Ambition

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Krakenimages.com

This Redditor turned to the community for advice after being called out for being a horrible woman for not wanting to raise a baby born from her ex-husband’s affair. Was she wrong to refuse?

She Refused to Raise an Affair Baby After Her Ex-husband and Wife Died. Now Her Former Mother-In-Law Calls a “Horrible, Evil Woman!”

An Entitled Woman Refused to Vacate His Assigned Seat on a Five-Hour Flight. So, He Kicked and Yanked the Chair Every Two Minutes, Ensuring There’s “Extra Turbulence” All Flight Long!

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Krakenimages.com

He got annoyed when a woman wouldn’t budge and get off his assigned plane seat, saying she was “already comfortable.” So, he devised a plan to make sure she’d regret every second of it!

An Entitled Woman Refused to Vacate His Assigned Seat on a Five-Hour Flight. So, He Kicked and Yanked the Chair Every Two Minutes, Ensuring There’s “Extra Turbulence” All Flight Long!

She Left Her Cousin’s Wedding and Took Her $1,000 Gift Back After the Groom’s Family Ruined Her Dress for Being “Inappropriate.” They Want the Money Back, but It’s Too Late

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Krakenimages.com

OP (Original Poster) was stoked to attend her favorite cousin’s wedding. However, little did she know it would become one of the worst experiences of her life yet!

She Left Her Cousin’s Wedding and Took Her $1,000 Gift Back After the Groom’s Family Ruined Her Dress for Being “Inappropriate.” They Want the Money Back, but It’s Too Late

A Woman Noticed Their Security Cameras Glitched Only When Her Husband Was Home Alone. He Flipped Out After Being Confronted, but She Wants to Get to the Bottom of Things!

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Krakenimages.com

This Redditor’s home security cameras kept on glitching whenever her husband was home alone. Suspicious of what was causing this, she asked her husband, but instead of remaining calm, he got defensive!

A Woman Noticed Their Security Cameras Glitched Only When Her Husband Was Home Alone. He Flipped Out After Being Confronted, but She Wants to Get to the Bottom of Things!

He Begged His Neighbors to Extinguish Their Fire So His Dying Dog Could Spend One Last Day Outdoors, but They Showed No Sympathy. So, He Ensured They Learned Their Lesson!

Image Credit: Shutterstock / Shift Drive

He only wanted to give his dog a day in his backyard before putting her down. However, things didn’t go as planned when his neighbors decided to light a fire so close to them!

He Begged His Neighbors to Extinguish Their Fire So His Dying Dog Could Spend One Last Day Outdoors, but They Showed No Sympathy. So, He Ensured They Learned Their Lesson!

This post first appeared as She Refused to Break Her Child-Free Wedding Rule for Her Newborn Nephew. Now Her Sister’s Livid, Deciding Not to Attend the Bachelorette, Ceremony, and Reception Altogether! Was She Being Selfish? on Quote Ambition.

Read Next:

Karen Danao

Hi, I’m Karen, a content curator and writer for Quote Ambition; I’m also a marketing and advertising professional. Beyond the keyboard and the screen, I’m someone who’s out to enjoy every bit that life has to offer!

Poetry, philosophy, history, and movies are all topics I love writing about! However, my true passion is in traveling, photography, and finding common ground to which everyone from different cultures can relate.

With the many places I’ve been to, I found that love, inspiration, and happiness are some things that bring people together. No matter how different we are on the outside, I’m a true believer that our emotions don’t lie; if you dig deep into our psyche, we’re all the same inside.

This belief was further amplified when I joined Quote Ambition. Through the quotes I’ve read, collected, organized, and written about, I found that humans are resilient, creative, and compassionate.

We take from each others’ hearts and courage, and it’s through our individual experiences that we learn how to rise above our challenges and pain. In so many ways, Quote Ambition is a platform that allows people from all over the world to gain the inspiration they need anytime, anywhere!