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Adults Only Wedding Invitation Wording

Communicating an “adults only” wedding ceremony and reception is less about wording your wedding invitations and more about addressing them properly.

There are ways to allude to an adult-only wedding in your wedding invitation wording. While it’s not appropriate to mention “adults only” or “no children” on the invitation itself, you can say things like “intimate ceremony” or “cocktail reception” taking place at a “luxury hotel” or “downtown nightclub.” Guests will hopefully understand those venues aren’t child-friendly.

Adults Only Wedding Invitation Wording

Your first plan of action, however, should be properly addressing the envelopes. Guests should understand that only the people listed on the inner envelopes are invited to the wedding. Here’s an example:

Outer Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Callan
Inner Envelope: Mike and Julie

(Read Inner and Outer Envelopes Explained to learn more about properly addressing your invitations.) If you’re worried about guests not getting the hint, you can word your response cards accordingly:

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Please respond by November 1, 2016
_______ Adults will attend
_______ Sorry to miss it!


Please respond by November 1, 2016
We have reserved two spots for you.
_______ Will attend
_______ Sorry to miss it!

If you want to be extra clear, make a note on the reception cards. Perhaps one of these examples will fit your style of wedding:

Please celebrate with us
at an adults-only reception
immediately following the ceremony.

Although we love to watch the children
run and play, this is going to be
an adults only kind of day.

Due to restrictions at our venue,
children under the age of 16
are not able to attend.

Children are welcome at the ceremony
but the reception is an adults-only affair.

Although we love your children,
we regretfully cannot accommodate them
at the venue due to limited seating. We hope
you are able to join us anyway and enjoy
a relaxed evening with friends and family!