Deciding whether to invite children to your wedding can be a difficult decision! Here are a few tips and recommendations for making your guests clear on who’s invited, as well as some suggestions on ways to word ‘adults only’.
Including Guest Names – Name Belly Bands
There are 2 options for addressing your Invitations clearly. Either print your guest names on the invitation or use a Name Belly Band. Belly Bands are paper wraps that are printed with your individual guest names and wrapped around your invitations to keep everything together and are the perfect way to add more colour to your suite. This can be a great way of avoiding any ‘plus ones’ and allows you to list the names of children (if invited). You can select ‘Belly Bands’ when you order online. The design will suit your selected invitation.
‘Adults Only’ Wording
If adding Name Belly Bands to your invitation suite is outside your budget, the next best option is to include a little note on your Invitation, RSVP card or Information card. Simple wording such as ‘Adults Only Reception’ is a great starting point for this and can be inserted at the bottom of the Invitation or RSVP Card. If you have room, adding more detail on your Information Card can be a nice touch and might help to put your guests’ minds at ease.
Short Wording Suggestions
These shorter examples are perfect for including on your Invitation or RSVP Card.
- “Adults Only Reception”
- “Please join us for an adult reception at six o’clock”
- “Please note this will be an adults-only celebration”
- “Adult (18 and older) reception to follow”
- “Children over 16 years of age only”
- “We respectfully request no children under 16 at the reception”
- “Although we love your little ones, this is an adult-only affair”
- “Due to limited venue space, adults-only please”
Long Wording Suggestions
These examples are suitable for to included on Information cards, and the longer explanations can soften the wording helping to clarify your preferences. If your wedding is out of town, perhaps include information about babysitting (if available) to help your guests make prior arrangements.
- “The bride and groom request that this be an adults-only reception”
- “Please celebrate with us at an adults-only reception immediately following the ceremony”
- “Due to budget/space limitations, we are unable to extend the invitation to children”
- “Due to necessity rather than choice, it is children of immediate family only”
- “Although we love your children, we regretfully cannot accommodate them at the venue due to restricted numbers”
- “Although we adore your children, due to budget/space constraints we ask that only adults attend.”
- “Regrettably our chosen venue is unable to accommodate children. Professional babysitting will be provided at the hotel”
- “To allow all wedding guests, including parents, a night of relaxation, we respectfully ask that no children attend the reception”
- “To give all our guests the opportunity to celebrate without having to worry about little eyes and ears, we politely request no children”
- “We hope you will understand our decision to make the wedding children-free, and take the opportunity to let your hair down and celebrate”
- “To allow all guests to relax and enjoy themselves, we have chosen to make our special day adults only. We thank you for your understanding”
- “We wish we could include all children but are unfortunately only able to invite immediate family”
- “Unfortunately due to space limitations, we are having an adults-only reception. The only children attending are those who are part of our wedding party. If anyone needs help with making arrangements for child care, please let us know and we will do our best to assist”