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How To Orchestrate a Child Free Wedding

March 28, 2011

Child Free Wedding

Having made the decision not to have children at your wedding, you’re possibly wondering how you can tell your guests without offending them.

You’d think that an invite to ‘Mr and Mrs xxx’ would suggest that their children aren’t invited, but you’d be surprised how many parents assume that the children are invited too! If you’re having a child free wedding, it’s worth putting a note in with the invite to re-iterate this point.

There are lots of different ways in which you can word your invitations to advise guests if children are not invited to your wedding. The following wedding invitation wording examples should give you a few ideas which you can use or mix and match to advise guests that your wedding is to be child free.

Example of wording for Child Free wedding

‘Parents please note: It is our wish to have an adult-only celebration. We hope that this advance notice means that you are still able to share our big day.’

‘We hope you understand that we have chosen to make our special day adults only.’

‘To allow all guests to relax and enjoy themselves, we have chosen for our wedding day to be adults only.’

‘We want to make you aware as early as possible that due to numbers and maximum capacity of the venue, we will not be able to invite children to the wedding or reception. We thank you for your understanding on this matter.’

‘We hope no offence is taken but due to budget restrictions, we are unable to invite your children.’

‘We would like to make it clear that due to costs and the wishes of the bride and groom, children are not invited to the wedding ceremony or reception. We thank you for your understanding.’

‘Although children are not invited to the wedding, some local hotels can provide a babysitting service in your room. Details of this are shown below.’

Child-free except for immediate family

‘…..not able to invite children who are not part of the bridal party….’

‘Due to restrictions on numbers, the only children we can invite to our wedding are family children’.

nofreetime tips

  • Telephone those guests with children in advance of the invitations to pre-warn them that it will be a child free wedding. Not only is this polite, you also guarantee that invites can’t be misinterpreted and people have sufficient time to find a babysitter.
  • If you’re getting married in a hotel, find out whether they have a baby sitting service
  • Don’t lie about why you’re not inviting children – you’re more likely to offend people if you’ve told them the venue doesn’t allow children and they later find out that’s not the case.



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