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