I'm not exactly sure how to bring this up for discussion, so hoping to get some suggestions. We aren't really having kids at the wedding, its not that we are having it adults only, we just didn't really invite them. The only kids that are invited are my three cousins (my grandma would disown me if they weren't there!) but they will be 17, 15 & 10 so they aren't that young. We also gave the option to his step sister & my MOH if they wanted their kids there. I let them know its 100% up to them if they want to bring them, but I really want them to be able to have a good time at the wedding. My MOH is leaving her youngest at home, and her 5 yr old is going to be the flower girl, and then get picked up after cocktail hour. His stepsister didn't even let me finish my sentence, she said "hell no" and that she wants to party and the kids are definitely staying home.
Right before Thanksgiving she texted me saying she thinks it would be cute to have the kids at the wedding and wants to bring them. The thing is, her kids are a little wild (there's 4 of them -1-6yrs) and they will most likely spend the entire night hanging all over their grandparents. My fiance obviously doesn't want this, and when his mother & stepfather found out the kids were coming they weren't happy at all. I gave her the option, so I obviously cant tell her that she cant bring the kids. I really don't mind them coming at all, I agree it will be cute seeing them all dressed up and dancing. But how do we say to her that the kids are welcome to come, but we don't want their parents having to basically babysit and miss the entire party? I don't want her to take it like his mom was talking behind her back, but she also cant broach the subject since I'm the one who told her the kids are coming. I also don't want her to think we are trying to guilt her out of bringing them, but I feel like we do need to bring it up somehow.