Inviting guests to a kid-free wedding requires tactful communication. We want to keep the positive vibe throughout while establishing that your wedding is for adults only. Words matter more than a stunning wedding invitation and leave the most impact.
We know this and want to help you handle it better while remaining polite and understanding. In this blog, we’ll guide you on how to word your invitations, including examples such as kind requests to keep it for adult only and how we can word it properly without your guests raising an eyebrow at your invite.
Read carefully and take notes because this is critical!
Short and Sweet
- “Kindly be informed that this celebration is exclusively for adults.”
- “After the ceremony, there will be a reception for adults aged 21 and older.”
- “Join us for an adults-only reception at six o’clock.”
- “While we adore your little ones, this event is reserved for adults only.”
- “Please join us in an adults-only reception immediately following the ceremony.”
- “Regretfully, our venue cannot accommodate children.”
The Venue Doesn’t Allow Kids
“For safety reasons, we cannot include children in our event at the venue.
- “We are very sorry but cannot accommodate children due to our venue’s policy.”
- “As our venue is not suitable for minors, we cannot invite children under 18 years old.”
- “Our venue strictly adheres to a no-under-18s policy, and unfortunately, we won’t be able to include children in the celebration.”
The Budget Is Limited
- “As much as we adore your children, we must consider our budgetary limitations, and therefore, our wedding can only accommodate adult guests.
- “While we hold a special place in our hearts for all the children of our loved ones, our budget constraints allow us to extend invitations only to over-18s for our wedding.”
- “We sincerely regret that due to cost restrictions, we can only extend invitations to guests over 18 for our wedding.
- “Due to budget limitations, adults only, please.”
The Space Is Limited
- “We wish we could include children in our celebration, but unfortunately, our venue space limitations cannot accommodate them.
- “While we love the presence of all our loved ones, we respectfully request that the reception is child-free due to space restrictions.”
- “Although we love your children, we regret that we cannot accommodate them at the venue due to limited seats.”
- “Due to limited venue space, our wedding is a child-free occasion.”
Kick Curfew to the Curb
- “To let guests enjoy and relax, we’ve decided to make our special day child-free.”
- “We hope you’ll understand our decision to make the reception for adults only to celebrate in style.”
- “To let all guests enjoy a night of relaxation, we respectfully ask that no kids attend the reception.”
- “We love your children but thought you might like a night off, so our celebration is for adults only.
Tips When Telling Guests Your Wedding Is Child-Free
- Clearly state “Adults-only event” on the wedding invitation.
- Specify the age limit (e.g., 18 and above) if necessary.
- Use polite and respectful language to explain the child-free policy.
- Inform parents of the reasons behind the decision to have a no-kids wedding.
- Be consistent with the child-free policy for all guests.
- Respond to guests’ questions or concerns regarding the no-kids policy with tact and understanding.
While a child-free wedding is your personal choice, it’s essential to communicate it with sensitivity and understanding, as it may impact some guests’ attendance. You need to get your wording right to prevent misunderstandings and help parents arrange childcare in advance.
We have customizable wedding invitation templates to keep this part of your wedding planning stress-free. You can choose from diverse design options, from rustic-inspired to boho-themed invites. Some popular picks are the Rustic Modern Eucalyptus Greenery, Terracotta Boho Autumn, and Tropical Beach.