No kids, please! How do I politely inform my guests that we are having a child-free wedding? Do I include it on the invitation or the website, or do I tell the guests we invite with children that they will need a sitter?
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How do I politely inform my guests that we are having a child-free wedding?
Do I include it on the invitation or the website..
Or do I just tell the guests we invite with children that they will need a sitter?
It can get tricky (especially if you have flower girls and ring bearers.) You can consider adding a note on your invitation or website like “adult reception to follow.”
Asking for them to bring a sitter with them will and might cost you because the sitter might need a place to sit and eat (especially if they are watching the kid all night.)
You might also need to provide them with an “area” to take the kids if they throw a fit.
Another way you can approach this is to check in with who you’re inviting with little ones. And if they do, or you assume that they might want to bring their kid to the wedding, maybe speak to them personally. For example, you can tell them that the venue is not kid-friendly.
If you are only assuming 10-15 guests out of your 150 guests (for example), that might bring their kid. It might be better to reach out to them directly, instead of printing “adults only” on the actual invitation.
This will avoid having some of the guests feel “attacked.” Not in that sense, but you totally know what we mean.
Sharing resources like babysitting services (like this one) or other options that you might have. Like a play area nearby where they can drop their kids off. Just a few ideas or options to also show them that you are *concerned* about their situation and have actually done your research!
Hotels nearby your wedding venue might also be a good resource to ask if they offer services or activities for the kids.
When you opt for a “no kid” wedding, and most of your guests have kids, it will be safe to expect that some of them that will not be able to find a sitter or arrange for one might only have one person in attendance as the other one will most likely stay at home to watch the kid/s.
Not a bad thing at all, but it’s still something that you will have to think about.
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