(Closed) No children wording on invitations

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

On ours I said something like “Ceremony at 4:00 with an adult reception to follow)

Post # 4
1845 posts
Buzzing bee

I know it’s ‘bad etiquette’ to put ‘Adults Only Event’ etc. on the invitations, but I would rather do that and be certain that no children would turn up, then follow the appropriate etiquette and deal with an awkward situation on my wedding day/the days leading up to my wedding day.

Post # 5
30393 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

BrideonabudgetLauren has it correct. “Adult reception to follow”


– address the inviation to the people invited

– on the reponse card   we have reserved _____places for you – write in 1 or 2



Post # 6
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had a line on our RSVP cards that said “Please make child care arrangements.” Combined with word of mouth, it worked. No one brought their kids!

Post # 7
2152 posts
Buzzing bee

Invite those who are invited by name, and follow up privately with anyone who responds for an univited guest.

It is never polite to mention who is not invited.

Post # 8
6299 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

You can’t put “no kids” on the invite. Technically you should just address them to the person who is invited. We had our reception cards designed to say “Please join us for an adult evening of Dinner, Drinks, & Dancing”

Post # 10
394 posts
Helper bee

If you don’t put it in some form on the invitation,  somebody will bring their kids. It will happen. I’ve seen it at every adult wedding I’ve been to and the bride is all flipping out because there’s kids there when you could have made a polite mention on the invite.

Post # 11
9168 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

you don’t put it on the invitation. Simply address the invitations to Mr and Mrs X, which indicates only the adults are invited.  and family indicates the children are invited.  None of my guests had an issue figuring out who was invited and who wasn’t.

Post # 13
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I put ” adult only affair “on our invites

Post # 14
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

“Adult Only Dinner and Reception to Follow”

Our guests with children had no problems making arrangements for their little ones and really loved the evening out with adults. 

We didn’t lose any guests because of our request.

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