(Closed) How to tactfully word adult only reception on wedding website?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 17
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

In our invitation we wrote

Important note: please find a babysitter if you have young children. We want everyone to enjoy themselves fully without preoccupation or distraction.

Im pretty sure I copied it from somewhere, but it gets the point across in a nice way.

Post # 18
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@MarieeToBee:  Yes, in that case, I would just note on the website something about it being an adult reception (e.g. “the adult reception is taking place at xyz” or “adult reception immediately to follow”) but I don’t think you need to have a full paragraph about how it’s adults only. I doubt anyone is going to make a stink about it because when most people think about kids, it would be about little kids running around and yelling, not presumably mature 16+ year olds that are behaving like adults.

Post # 19
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

“Adult reception to Follow”

Post # 20
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We got a little hug up on this part too. The way we worded it on ours went like this:

However much we would love to share our day with both you and your children we regretfully cannot accommodate them at our venue due to number constrictions.


pretty simple and to the point.

Post # 21
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I didn’t sugar coat anything and just put “An adults-only reception will be held in the (name of reception venue room) following the ceremony”.  I don’t see myself as being rude or offensive, I’m just being direct.

Post # 22
20 posts

We also did “adult reception to follow” on the invite and only had an issue with one family member who planned to bring their little one. We just said, “we’d love to have her, but the only kid who will be at the wedding is the flower girl, and she won’t even be at the reception”


The other person who did have a question just called us.

Post # 23
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MarieeToBee:  I would put “Adult Only Reception to Follow” on the Reception Cards. I didnt and you wouldnt believe how many people rsvp’d with all their children… it was ridiculous! I literally had to call people and tell them that we were not having children at the reception. I thought because we were putting Mr. & Mrs and not Mr & Mrs & Family they would understand …. SMH lol.

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