How do you word a “no kids” wedding invite?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

On our invitations, we had all the normal stuff, and then in the left corner we said, “Adult reception beginning at 6:30, Blank Hall ………..” We haven’t had any rsvps with kids. 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

same wording used as @alina_mac – iwill post to see how the RSVPs go when we start getting them 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are also having No Children – neither the ceremony nor at the reception. Martha Stewart’s ettiquette said not to list anything at all so we did not put anything specific on the invitations – we just told our parents/family and they are all spreading the word by mouth.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we had a reception card and at the bottom it had… adult reception only. pretty simple

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Don’t change the wording of your invitation, just address the invitation to the people you are inviting. Let your parents/close friends spread the word to people who are unsure or planning to bring their kids.

You might also bring it up casually when you speak with people and they ask how wedding planning is going (“it”ll be nice for you and [SO’s name] to have a night out” or “my aunt knows a good sitter in the area if you’re bringing the kids for the weekend”).

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have a couple suggestions….. 

We are only inviting the children of immediate family because other friends/relatives have so many kids, so besides word of mouth, I put this on our wedding website, “We wish we could include all children, but we are unfortunately only able to invite the children of immediate family.”  (or it’s something like that!)

I got this idea from another wedding message board for what to put on the invitations, so perhaps it can help you…..  

Above the RSVP lines and food options, we’ll be putting, ”  _____ seats have been reserved for you at our celebration. Please let us know if you will be joining us!  YES____   NO _____”  We’ll be writing in the number of seats we’re having for them/their party so there is literally NO confusion  🙂 

Putting “adult reception” on an info or rsvp card is another way most of my bride friends have done it, but still, some people just don’t get it and/or they have a lot of nerve!  🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am doing two things to ensure no kid add-ons-

(1) Having RSVP card say ___ of ___ in party attending (and filling in the number invited)

(2) Insert card with guest info says “Respectfully, An Adult Occasion.”

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

we did two things

1. we had “_ seats have been reserved in your honor”

and 2. “sweet dreams to children under 16”

however we know we’re gonna get a fight. but i’m prepared to fight it. lol

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The best way I have seen it done is for my friend’s wedding. She didnt put anything on paper, but on the wedding website said something to the tune of “in order for parents to better enjoy themselves as a couple, the bride and groom request that this be an adults only reception. Professional babysitting will be provided at the hotel.”

I thought it was the nicest way to say “no kids” and it was very thoughtful (and expensive im sure) to pay for babysitting services.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

LOL @ “sweet dreams to children under 16”

If I wasn’t reading that in the context of this thread, though, I’d have no idea WTF you were talking about.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Every etiquette column in the world says you can’t say “adult reception” or anything so specific, and that simply addressing the invitation to only the people invited is all that is necessary. However, it depends on the family; some family members just aren’t going to get the etiquette hints and will be determined to drag said children along unless specifically told not to. I guess I’d rather write “adult reception” than make it my parents/sister/family’s job to police the guest list.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Adult only reception on the invite.  Also try searching for what you have questions about in the search box as this has been asked many times and much better than I just did. 😉

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This is really helpful. I was just going to put it in the wedding website and then rely on the word of mouth thing, but I am so paranoid that someone’s going to bring their kid(s) anyway and it’ll cause a scene with the ones who understood their kids weren’t allowed. I think “Adult Reception” sums it up pretty succintly and “professionally”.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@lilcshelli:  Just say it that way. Word of mouth or assuming the person will know its no kids is just cause for more headache.

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