Children are a joy. Just ask any parent. But many couples prefer a wedding reception free of tiny hands, feet and voices. How do you tell your guests that they’ll need to leave the kids with a babysitter? Here are a few strategies.
The Direct Approach
Any of these notifications on your wedding invitations should do the trick:
- No children please
- Adults only
- Adult wedding and reception
- Please respect our wishes for a child-free reception
- This invitation is for adults only
If you want to soften the blow, explain your decision in one of these ways:
- To ensure a relaxing evening for parents and non-parents alike, our wedding day will be an adults-only celebration. We hope you are able to share our special day with a little time away from the kids.
- We want to give our adult guests a chance to let their hair down without worrying about little eyes and ears. So we respectfully request that no children attend.
- While we love to watch the children run and play, this is an adults-only kind of day.
- Sweet dreams to children under (pick an age). This wedding is just for grown-ups.
If your venue imposes the no-children restriction, say so:
- Due to restrictions at our venue, children are not invited.
- Management requests no children under the age of **.
- By request of management, no children, please.
If kids are okay at the ceremony, say it this way:
- Children welcome at ceremony only.
- Wedding ceremony followed by adults-only reception.
- Children are very welcome at our ceremony, but the reception is just for adults.
- You’re welcome to bring the kids to the ceremony; but to ensure a relaxed adult atmosphere later in the evening, we must limit our reception to adults only.
It’s your wedding, and if you choose to let your guests enjoy a few hours without the responsibility of watching the kids, don’t be afraid to say so. Those who can’t find a few hours of child care will just have to hear all the great stories about what a fun time everyone else had at your party.
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