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How do I let guests know kids aren't invited?
Whatever you do, try to avoid using the phrase "adults only" since this makes your wedding sound kinky! But seriously, this can be a challenging issue, particularly if you are having a destination wedding, which would require parents to arrange weekend-long child care.
Here are a few ways you can broach the subject:
- Address the invitation to the adults only using a formal title (e.g. Mr. and Mrs. John Smith.)
- Follow up with a personal phone call or mass e-mail to explain why children aren't invited, e.g. venue capacity, budget constraints. If there are any guests for whom you know it's going to be a particular issue (e.g. can't afford to arrange child care), it can be a good idea to reach out personally and, if budget allows, offer to pitch in for their child care costs if it's really important to you that they be at the wedding.
- You can also make a note on your info card or wedding website, e.g.: "Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate children at the wedding and reception due to venue capacity constraints." If you are providing child care, mention that as well.
- Remember, particularly if the wedding is local, many parents will be grateful for a date night!