(Closed) Adult reception with exceptions.

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I wouldn’t write “adult reception” unless you mean it. I’d be offended if I was invited to an adult only reception, took care to find a sitter for my kids, and got there and other kids were there.

I’d count on people knowing that only the people on the envelope are invited. Or add a “Number attending” line to your RSVP so if they assume they can bring more, you catch it.

Post # 4
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

In my circle (so, grain of salt) everyone knows that if children are not listed on the invitation they are not invited, so there is no need to write “adult reception”

Further, you are not, in fact, having an “adult reception,” if I were a parent I would be confused if the invitation said “adult reception” and the envelope was addressed to me & kids. Or, I’d be confused that there were kids at the “adult reception”.

Of course I don’t like the term at all, so I’m probably a little biased. Also opinionated 🙂

Post # 6
1425 posts
Bumble bee

Agree with PP’s. We had an “adult reception” but invited my 3 first cousins who are between the ages of 4 and 12, so we only wrote the names of the guests invited and then had, “______ seats are reserved in your honor”.  We did have a few still ask if they’re kids were invited, and then one of my cousins tried to be sneaky about it; she and her brother had +1’s so she was going to bring her kids as their +1’s. We nipped that one in the bud, though.

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