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Tactful Ways to Say It's An "Adults Only" Wedding

Etiquette Guests Invitations

It can be a touchy subject -- the "adults only" wedding aka "children are not invited." But how do you convey your wishes firmly but kindly when inviting your guests to your wedding soirée?

Here are a few phrases to consider adding when sending out those wedding invites:

-- "Adult reception to follow"
-- "we have reserved ____ seats in your honor"
-- "Respectfully, an adults only affair”

Want to keep it straight to the point without beating around the bush so there's no confusion at all? Include one of these phrases:

-- No children
-- This is an Adults Only wedding and reception
-- Please respect our wishes for a child-free reception
-- This invitation is extended to adults only

The bottom line is that this is your Wedding Day -- the one day in your life where you truly have full control to do things as you wish. My husband used to say, "it's the one day we can actually be kind of selfish and do things exactly how we want." So make it your own, but be tactful and honest and your guests will understand.

Are you planning an Adults Only celebration? How did you communicate your wishes to your guests?

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About me: I am a former BDW Bride AKA as MarieSam and was addicted to this forum as I planned my own wedding in 2009. Since 2010, my husband and I have been wedding photographer/small business owners of MarieSam Sanchez Photography -- a husband and wife photography team based in Southern California and documenting love all over the world.


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