(Closed) Adult Only RSVP

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it you’re going to have a kids free wedding, then you should have a completely kids free wedding. Set an age limit and stick to it. If you let them come to the ceremony then I wouldn’t understand why they couldn’t come to the reception.

Post # 4
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Just state on your reception invite that it’s an adult reception and say something like “We have reserved X seats in your honor” and have the X equal the number of adults.  Have a hard cut-off age that you use regardless so no one gets upset and go ahead and let people with children know ahead of time in case they need to find sitters and aren’t shocked by the invite.

Post # 5
3267 posts
Sugar bee

You cannot invite children to the ceremony and not the reception.  The reception is to thank guests for celebrating your marriage, just because they are children doesn’t mean they don’t get to be thanked.

That said if you don’t want children, then don’t invite any.  It’s really quite simple.

It is not polite to write who is excluded from the invitation.  You invite who you invite, and then follow up with those a little dense.

Post # 6
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@OctBride-2012:  I used the “we have reserved ___ seats in your honor” line… and one couple didn’t understand and brought their child. She was totally sweet, and they took her home after dinner, so really, it wasn’t a big deal… but you might want to also say “adults only” or something to be extra clear!

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