Wedding Invitation Etiquette - Children

No Children Wording

This subject is probably one of the more delicate ones when it comes to putting the wording together for your invitation.

You may have one or many reasons for not allowing children to be present, either for the day itself or for the evening reception - but telling friends that their kids aren't welcome is a delicate balancing act that may be making you feel uncomfortable.

However there are ways of covering this subject delicately, with a few different options dependent upon the scenario below:

We are very sorry, but due to restrictions at our venue, we cannot accommodate children.

Due to safety reasons and / or limited space, we are unable to extend this invitation to children.

Popular: Unfortunately, as much as we’d love to invite all of our friends’ children, we can only accommodate a few close family children. We hope that you will understand this decision and we very much hope you will still be able to join us on our special day.

In order to keep numbers to a minimum, we can only invite a small number of children. We also thought you might like a day off!

With respect, we would like our special day to be an adult only occasion

Popular: In order to allow all guests, including parents, an evening of relaxation we have chosen for our wedding day to be an adult-only occasion. We hope this advance notice means you are still able to share our big day and will enjoy having the evening off!

Children outside of the bridal party are unfortunately not invited for the ceremony, but are more than welcome to attend the reception.

We would like our special day to be an adult only occasion, however we would like to extend the invitation to your children at the evening reception.

So whether you are restricted by numbers or on a budget, the short paragraphs above are a great, clear way to inform guests of your decision. These options may even give you the inspiration to pen your own passage specific to your situation.