1. Formal Wedding
A formal wedding is not fun for parents if they have to look after children and it’s definitely not fun for children. We suggest options #1 and #2 (see below). You want to be straightforward but you also want to stick with tradition, hence addressing the envelopes properly.
2. Limited Space
Many venues have a limited amount of seating, which means you have to limit your guest list. You certainly don’t have to say “no children” but you will want to be clear who is invited. We suggest option #4 below.
3. All Our Friends Have Kids
We know you enjoy your friends’ children, and we’re certain your friends realize this as well. However, inviting everyone’s kids could be overwhelming (and expensive). We suggest using options #3 or #5 because they put a fun twist on “no children” wording.
4. We Plan to Party Hard
Some couples plan one heck of a party! If your wedding will involve a lot of drinking and partying, we suggest options #2 and #4 again to let friends and family know they can leave the children at home (in a fun way).
5. We’re Just Not Fans
You don’t have to feel bad about this but you do have to be polite. We suggest #2 for sure and #1 if your invitation includes both inner and outer envelopes.
HOW TO WORD YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS
1. Address the Guests
Properly addressing your inner and outer envelopes is the first step toward letting guests know exactly who is invited. Be sure to read How to Address Wedding Invitations to learn more about this important step.
2. “No Children Please” or “Adult Only Reception”
You may place this wording at the bottom of the wedding invitation wording or on the reception cards. Keep it simple, keep it small. Your guests will see it, we promise.
3. “Make it a date night!”
We really like this wording because it shares your message but it also encourages parents to have a good time. We suggest featuring this wording on your reception cards.
4. “We have X seats reserved for you!”
A great way to let people know exactly how many people are invited, this phrase becomes a part of your response card wording. It’s perfect for weddings where you are allowing some children but not all children.
5. “Leave the Littles”
Now this is just cute! If you have friends and family with children you absolutely love but are choosing not to have at the wedding, this is a fantastic way to let guests know you really do care but your celebration is not intended for kids.