26 Ways to Say "No Children" at your Wedding

How do I say this without offending? "Sorry but I don't want any kids at my wedding, yes including yours!"

This is one of the hardest tasks for us at Event Stationery, working with our couples who decide no little totes at their wedding on HOW to deliver it softly. No one especially near the biggest day of your life wants to offend their family and friends. However you gotta do what you gotta do when the numbers are climbing way beyond your budget or your wedding theme just isn’t fit for little ones running around making a racket.

Well, here is a list of 26 ways on how to deliver your important message “Sorry, your kids need to stay at home.”


“Although we love your little ones, this is an adult only affair.”

“Children welcome at the ceremony, however reception is an adults only scene”

“Adult (18 and older) reception to follow.”

“Please join us for an adult reception at six o’clock.”

“Please note this will be an adults-only celebration.”

“Management request no children under 16 at the reception.”

“We respectfully request no children under 16 at the reception.”

“The bride and groom request that this be an adults-only reception.”

“Unfortunately we cannot accommodate children – thank you for your understanding.”


“[X] seats have been reserved in your honour. Please let us know if you will be joining us!”

“Due to limited venue space, adults only reception.”

“Due to budget/space limitations, we are unable to extend the invitation to children.”

“Although we adore your children, due to budget/space constraints we ask that only adults attend.”

“Although we love your children, we regretfully cannot accommodate them at the venue due to restricted numbers.”

“We’d love to have Harry and Luke there but unfortunately we’re limited by budget/space constraints. We hope you can still make it.”


“To allow all wedding guests, including parents, a night of relaxation and uninhibited revelry, we respectfully ask that no children attend the reception.”

“We love your kids but thought you might like a night off. Adults only please!”

“To give all our guests the opportunity to celebrate without having to worry about little eyes and ears, we politely request no children.”

“We hope you will understand our decision to make the wedding children-free, and take the opportunity to let your hair down and celebrate in style!”

“To allow all guests to relax and enjoy themselves, we have chosen to make our special day adults only. We thank you for your understanding.”


“Children of immediate family only please.”

“Respectfully, an adult occasion (18+). Infants under 12 months welcome.”

“Due to limited numbers, we hope you appreciate that children are only invited if named.”

“Unfortunately we are only able to accommodate children in the wedding party at our reception.”

“We wish we could include all children, but are unfortunately only able to invite immediate family.”

“Due to necessity rather than choice, it is children of immediate family only. We hope you understand and enjoy your night off!”

“Unfortunately due to space limitations, we are having an adults-only reception. The only children attending are those who are part of our wedding party. If anyone needs help with making arrangements for child care, please let us know and we will do our best to assist.”

We hope this helps you along the way to delivering an important message in a respectful but direct manner and of course - no children at your wedding.

Article by Laura Thomas

Creative Director Event Stationery


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