(Closed) Adults Only Reception – what did you say?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Im using the budget and space as an issue!

and also its our personal choice and its our day, so hopefully we get what we want 🙂

Post # 4
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I always say blame on the venue if you can.

We’re just saying no kids.  Period.  I don’t think we’ll have too much of an arguement from anyone.  We’re worried about one person and I already have my grandmother on the case reminding her to get a babysitter and such as we’re not having kids at the reception.

Post # 5
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

“The venue has a policy about serving alcohol with children present.  Because we wanted an open bar, we decided to have an adult only reception so our guests could enjoy themselves.”


“We aren’t comfortable serving alcohol around children, so we opted for an adult only reception so our guests can enjoy themselves”


“We know some of our friends are going to get rowdy and probably inappropriate at the reception.  We don’t want to expose children to all that, so we chose to simply have an adult only reception so that all of our guests could let loose and enjoy themselves.”

Post # 6
2205 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was never asked the reasons but our issue was first and foremost space, and then equality (we didn’t want to allow some kids, and not all–wouldn’t be fair!)

Post # 7
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our venus is an art museum, so we used the whole “breaking of fine art liability” as our main point. It’s also a budget thing. We’re trying to make it very clear on the invites by saying how many seats have been reserved for each invite, and our website explains the kids only “art gallery reception” policy…

Post # 8
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our explaination was simple and honest…we just dont want kids running around and ruining our elegant reception. And another reason would be i am paying 25 dollar per child to have chicken fingers and fries. Sorry…


We listed it on our reception insert on our invites as “adult only reception” and it says so on our wedding website.

Post # 9
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Kept it simple – an evening formal reception (8 PM) which is really an adult reception, not meant for kids.  The only person who gave us grief was my brother’s wife.

Post # 11
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Just state it simply.  We’re a destination wedding our website just reads “While you are welcome to bring your children for a weekend of fun in the mountains, our ceremony and reception are for adults only.  We will be happy to help you find a babysitter in the area and coordinate with other parents to share costs, if you so choose.” 

We’ve had a few people not come because they couldn’t bring their kids, but for the most part people are just bringing the kids and sharing sitters at the hotel.

All you can do it tell people what you want and let them make their own decisions.  If they have an issue with it – it’s THEIR issue, not yours. 


Post # 12
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We actually haven’t been asked about the adult only reception. We really don’t have many kids that would be old enough to attend anyway (mostly babies). If confronted I would say something similar to the other bees…the venue doesnt allow for open bar with children so we opted to have adult only

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