Wedding Invitation Etiquette

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You’ve decided you are not inviting children to your wedding ceremony or reception. Now, you need to let your guests know … is there an easy way to tell them?

Yes, there is. It might be one of those sticky situations in your wedding planning, but with the right wording, your wishes should be respected and your worries be put to rest.

How to communicate that children are not invited to your wedding
{without actually saying -  CHILDREN ARE NOT INVITED}

- While it really isn’t ok to say NO CHILDREN on the wedding invitation, it is ok to say something like “Adults Only” or  “Adults Only Reception” on the wedding invitation

- Another great option is to allow your mom and wedding party to spread the word for you.

- Don’t forget to use  double envelopes to clearly communicate who is invited and who isn’t.

adults only wedding reception

Looking for polite ways to respond to questions about your reception choice? Try these:

‘We hope no offence is taken but due to budget restrictions, we are unable to invite your children.’

‘We thank you for understanding that we have chosen to invite only the family children to our wedding.’

  • Rebecca Black on June 18, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    I’m sorry to disagree with your suggestions. But, it is viewed as extremely impolite to use the wording you’ve chosen. It’s an etiquette “rule” not to state that the reception or any other part of the wedding is “adult only” or “child free”. The only way we can get this message across is by listing those invited on the envelope and to spread the word about it. However, it is possible to post the preference on a wedding website. This is our wiggle room etiquette wise.

  • Heidi on June 27, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Thank you for your comment Rebecca- it is one of those sticky situations to tread lightly on…

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