Post # 1
How does one go about wording “no kids” on wedding invites? We are having a quiet backyard ceremony for about 130 guests. We have been to weddings where ONE child is crying, whining etc. I love kids, but Fiance and I do not feel this is the time or place on OUR day!
Kids are welcomed at our reception, which is in a separate place and about 2 hours after the ceremony (assuming they miss the cocktail hour and come for dinner).
Of course this would not apply to the 10 year old kid who can sit through a 30 minute ceremony without going to the bathroom every 10 minutes! I hate to pit an age restriction on invites as I feel that this strongly suggests that I am singling out a certain guest. Help?
Post # 3
Generally, on each invitation you can put who is invited, and that implies who is not invited as well. For example, if the invitation is to Mr. and Mrs. Webber, or John and Jane Webber, then just the 2 of you are invited. If it is to the Webber Family then your hypothetical children are also invited.
To make the message especially clear, you can put a note on the invitation that says “Your children are welcome to join us at the reception later.”
Post # 4
Could you provide a kids only area/room for the ceremony with a babysitter? It might be difficult for parents to come out for the ceremony, drive home to gather the kids from the babysitter, and then drive back to the reception.
Post # 5
I think it might be hard to word since you are allowing some kids, just not younger kids.
But really whoevers name you put on the invite is who is invited. Are there a lot of people with small children? If not maybe it would be easier to just let them know you would not want kids there.
We just put on our reception card Adult Reception and the kids were not invited to the ceremony either. We also put this on our wedding website. We did have a couple kids who were invited but we just put their names on the invites and told their parents as it was just easier this way.