(Closed) Family children only party – does this sound ok?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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laura1206 :  Our wedding was family only with 2x exceptions (children of friends I am close to).  We invited everyone by name on the invite, even babies.  No one brought their children who weren’t invited.  I did have one friend ask for clarification if her 3 children were invited, to which I replied “unfortunately we don’t have the space” and she replied with yahoo!  Child free weekend haha. 

I think most parents are reasonable, I don’t think you need to write an apology or specifically write that their children are not invited. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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laura1206 :  you don’t mention who ISN’T invited, and you don’t need to apologize. Just address the invites to those who ARE invited and most people will realize the kids aren’t included, or else ask (at which point you can explain, without apology, that you’re unable to accommodate the children and the invitation is mean just for So and So). You might have some people who rsvp and include their kids names too. At that point you reach out to them and explain that you’re unable to accommodate the children and the invitation is just meant for so and so. You do understand if that changes their rsvp, but you hope they can still make it. 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - Vineyards

I would say something along the lines of “our wedding is an adults only occasion”. You don’t really owe anyone an explanation. Or let it be known in person that its family only, not on the invitation.

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