Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How to Have a Child-Free Wedding Reception

Some of my clients just don't want children at their wedding. To be perfectly honest, it is their day and their decision to invite whomever they want. I fully support their decision to have kids or not to have kids at their wedding. When they have made a decision not to invite kids, they run into the problem of how to tell their guests that they don't want their precious kids there. Here are some suggestions:

The subtle way - Address your wedding invite to Mr. and Mrs. or write the number of guests you are inviting on the RSVP. The only problem with this is your guests may assume children are a given or they are "part of the package."

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The direct way - You can say explicitly on the invite the following: No children; Adults only; Strictly no children please; Adult wedding and reception; Please respect our wishes for a child free reception; or This invitation is extended to adults only. The downside of this way is some of your friends might be hurt that their beautiful kids are not invited.
Oh. My. God! Someone will wear this at my wedding. Absolutely adorable!!

Cute and thoughtful way - you can say:
"Children at the ceremony, we'd love them on the scene. Reception time, however, is an adult's only theme." or
"While we love to watch the children run and play, this is an adults only kind of day." 

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Blame it on someone else - If you don't want to come out to say you don't want kids at your weddings, you can simply say it is someone else's decision that you "can't" have kids at your wedding. Easiest person to blame? Management from the venue. 

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What do you think of these suggestions? Which way would you convey to your guests that you don't want kids at your wedding? Remember it is your wedding and you can chose who you want there, regardless of age!! 

~Monica Hui
Owner, Lead Planner and Designer
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