Its a new trend nowadays to have no kids present at the reception or at the whole wedding (other than the kids involved in the actual bridal party itself). Its mostly due to many reasons such as the venue restricting children under 18 due to alcohol, or simply a lack of space and funds to accommodate children as part of the guest list.
Whatever the reason may be, I have had many requests for how to word the famous sentence that basically says “No Kids Please at our Wedding” in the best possible and polite way, without offending most parents with younger kids.
Here’s a few ideas on wording:
For a more direct approach
- No Children
- Strictly no children please
- Adult only wedding and reception
- Please respect our wishes for a child free reception
- Adult only affair
- This invitation is extended to adults only
For a sweeter approach
- Children at the ceremony, we love them on the scene, reception time however is an adults only theme
- We politely request no children
- Sweet dreams to children under 16
- This is a day to enjoy yourself too. Leave the kids at home and help us celebrate
- We hope you understand that our wedding is not suitable for children. Adults only please
For a venue/neutral party approach
- Due to restrictions at our venue, children are not invited
- Management request no children under 18 (or whatever age this may be)
- By request of management, no children
- Regrettably children are unable to attend
If you prefer not to mention “No Kids” at all, you could always address the invitations to your guests individually such as, “Mr John and Jill Smith” and specifying the number of seats allocated in the RSVP card.