What age do you consider an "adult"?

posted 7 months ago in Guests
  • poll: Which age to do consider a guest an adult?
    16 : (17 votes)
    11 %
    18 : (86 votes)
    57 %
    21 : (47 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 16
    1274 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    For an adult only reception I would say anyone who has graduated from High School (17-18 in US) would be my cut off for that. 

    As for what I consider and “adult” psychologically, I would say 21+ because I’ve always thought that you shouldn’t marry until you’re old enough to drink, which is 21 in the US. But that’s a discussion for another thread ;D

    Post # 17
    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    If this is an adult-only reception in the U.S. and you are serving alcohol, the few 18-20 year-olds that are going to be there are going to feel very, very uncomfortable.  And bored.  So bored.  You would be doing them a favor by inviting “drinkers of age only” guests. 

    Post # 18
    428 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    In my province drinking/voting age is 18 so I would pick that but I did a cutoff by relationship rather than age (cousins are a yes, cousins kids are a no, same with friends) which I thought was easier than trying to pick an arbitrary cut off age.

    Post # 19
    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee

    18 is legal drinking age here, so I voted 18.

    Post # 20
    1015 posts
    Bumble bee

    Legally, 18.  That’s the legal age of majority here.  However, I didn’t vote in your poll because I don’t consider people adults until they’re around 25-26.  That’s when the human brain finishes developing and settles into adult patterns.  Before that, everyone is still a crazy teen as far as I’m concerned.

    Post # 21
    5144 posts
    Bee Keeper

    emsie :  18 – but based on the fact that is the legal drinking age here.

    Post # 22
    8190 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    we wanted adults only, but DH’s cousin was 17.  so we included him.  the next youngest cousin was 8. 

    Post # 23
    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

    In regards to the reception I would say adult would be legal drinking age which is 21 in the US.

    Post # 24
    5193 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I would put 18 for a reception if I knew the bartenders would card.  If not, I would put 21.  At my brother’s wedding they carded each and every person

    Post # 25
    191 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Here in our 55 and older community you can use the adult facilities age 30 and above.  29 and below end up at the family pools.

    Post # 26
    336 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We used 21 for our wedding because it included my two 1st cousins once removed that were of drinking age (23/25) that I wanted to have come, but wouldn’t include what would have amounted to 10 more in the “younger” age range, ages 10-19. I don’t hate that we did it that way, although I certainly would have wanted a couple more of my other cousins to come, but between both our sides it would have added too many and made it over our limit.

    Normally I would say 18 or 21 though. I never thought of 16 as an adult. 

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