We often have clients ask us how to put across on a wedding invitation the fact that children aren’t invited, so we thought we’d put this post together to hopefully give you some useful examples should you find yourselves in this situation:
“We regret that we are unable to accommodate children or babies at our wedding.”
“With respect, we would like our special day to be an adult only occasion.”
“We would like to respectfully ask that our wedding day be for adults only.”
“Regretfully, we are unable to accommodate children on our wedding day.”
‘Parents please note: It is our wish to have an adult-only celebration. We hope that this advance notice means that you are still able to share our big day.’
‘In the hope that you can let your hair down, we have chosen for our wedding day to be an adult only occasion.’
‘We hope you understand that we have chosen to make our special day adults only.’
“We would like our special day to be an adult only occasion, we would however like to extend the invitation to your children at the evening reception”.
“As much as we would like to invite all the children of our friends, regretfully it is only possible to accommodate the children of close family”
“Unfortunately, it is only possible to accommodate children of the immediate family and wedding party for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Children are very welcome for the evening reception. We hope that you will understand this decision and we very much hope you will still be able to join us on our special day”
‘We want to make you aware as early as possible that due to numbers and maximum capacity of the venue, we will not be able to invite children to the wedding or reception. We thank you for your understanding on this matter.’
“Owing to the nature of our venue, children under the age of 12 will not be able to attend. We hope that you understand and will be able to join us on our special day.”
Another somewhat more subtle approach would be to address the invitations to the adults, leaving off the children’s names – however, if a guest does not spot this (or ignores it!) and puts their children on the response card, you will then be faced with taking the responsibility to call that person and explain to them that there will be no children at the wedding.
If you are inviting children to your wedding, we have some great tips and ideas for making them feel welcome and keeping them entertained here.