4 Ways To Tell Guests That You’re Hosting a No-Children Wedding
You and your soon-to-be spouse have decided that no children are allowed at your wedding. While there are many great reasons to go child free on the big day, it can put you on shaky ground with some wedding guests. To avoid potential conflict, it’s important that you communicate your “adults only” rule politely yet firmly. How do you do this?
Some couples are straight to the point and clearly print “Adults Only” on their invitation. Unfortunately, some people may perceive this as rude. Here are some of our top tips for how to tell your guests that children aren’t welcome at your wedding.
Keep It Cute
Instead of saying “Adult only reception” or “No children allowed,” consider some cuter ways that you can communicate this. Some examples might include “leave the littles” or “little ones loved, but adults only welcomed.” This will show that you don’t dislike children or feel any hostility toward your guests.
Encourage Couples to Have Fun
Most couples with children are itching for a night out together. Utilize this to your advantage. Put “Make it a date night,” “book a babysitter,” or similarly cute wording that makes your reception sound like an opportunity for busy parents to connect. This will allow your guests to anticipate the event as a romantic affair, rather than something exclusionary for their kids.
Emphasize Seating Arrangements
If you think some of your guests will be sensitive to having a child-free wedding, consider bypassing mention of children altogether. Instead, focus on the seating. Saying something along the lines of “Two seats have been reserved for ______ and ______ ” can get the point across without addressing the topic head-on.
Utilize Small Print
If you’re concerned that the above approach might be too subtle for some guests, feel free to print it clearly on the invitation, but instead of putting your wording of choice front-and-center on the invite, consider putting in smaller print at the bottom. This will get the point across in no uncertain terms without seeming too aggressive.
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