(Closed) Parents + Kids = Too Many Guests

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1461 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hm, it depends on your cousins and you know them best but I would try being as honest and sensitive as you can. Also it’s certainly your right to have a child-free wedding, but it’s also their right to choose not to come. Try not to be too hurt if they aren’t willing to be away from their kids. I hope it works out, it seems like you’ve got a good plan!

Post # 4
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You are perfectly entitled to include/exclude whoever you choose for your wedding, for whatever reasons.

Whether it’s money, not liking children, formality, whatever — it’s fine. Don’t worry about offending other people or worrying about what they think. If you try to consider every single guests’ feelings on this day, you will drive yourself insane.

Just put “adult wedding/reception” only on the invite and leave it at that. If anyone questions you, you can always reply with a laugh and say, “If we invited every child we knew, we’d have 300+ guests!” Just so they know it’s nothing personal.


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