Planning a wedding is a dream come true for many couples. It’s a time to celebrate their love and commitment to each other with their family and friends. However, sometimes there comes a point where the couple has to make a tough decision – whether or not to invite children to their wedding. This is a sensitive issue that requires careful consideration and communication with guests. Here are some tips on how to say you’re having an “adults only” wedding.
It’s important to be clear and consistent with your message. If you decide that you don’t want to invite children to your wedding, make sure that you communicate this message to your guests in a polite and respectful manner. You can include this information on the wedding invitation or in a separate note you send to guests. It’s also important to be consistent with this message and not make exceptions for certain guests, as this can lead to confusion and hurt feelings.
Below, you’ll find some suggestions on how you can incorporate your “no children” message through your invitations:
“Join us for an adult reception at…”
“Although we love your little ones, our wedding is an adults-only affair.”
You can also use your Response or RSVP card to convey your message by writing out who is invited on the response card or limiting the number of seats saved, i.e.: “We’ve reserved two seats in your honor for our adults-only reception”.
You may want to offer alternative options for parents who may have difficulty finding childcare for their children. You can suggest local babysitting services or provide a list of trusted babysitters in the area. You can also consider providing a designated children’s area at the wedding venue, where parents can drop off their children with professional caregivers or family members who are willing to help out.
Definitely, be prepared for some pushback from guests who may be disappointed with your decision. It’s important to stand firm in your decision and not feel guilty for prioritizing your own desires for your wedding day. Remember, it’s your day and you have the right to celebrate it in a way that feels true to you and your partner. Be respectful and understanding of your guests’ feelings, but ultimately, make the decision that feels right for you.
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