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How to Tell Guests It’s a Kidless Wedding

Oct 7, 2015

Hello and happy Wedding Wednesday! Today’s Ask Ashley blog comes directly from our inbox!

Dear Ashley,

We want to have an adults-only wedding, would it be okay to ask our guests not to bring their children? It’s not that we don’t absolutely adore their babies and kids, but we think it might be a lot more fun if it’s just grown-ups. 


Wants a Kidless Wedding

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Dear Wants a Kidless Wedding,

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! It sounds like you’ve got a FUN party planned.

Weddings are such joyous events for entire families, but sometimes - it’s nice to get away on a fun date night, and we can’t think of a better evening out than a wedding and reception! And a wedding where we’re not constantly chasing after and worrying about our kids? Sounds like that could be a blast!

What our wedding couples have done in the past that want an adults-only wedding is to start by sending invitations addressed only to the adults. After sending the invites out, they would then actually call and speak with anyone who has kids, and let guests know that they are requesting that the wedding and/or reception only be for the adults (rather than simply including something on their invitation; Martha Stewart would agree with this etiquette, too!). I recommend telling your guests how much you love and appreciate them, and let them know that you guys will take care of them by providing the information of a trusted babysitting company in the area so they can enjoy a fun night out!

Then, on their personal wedding website, I would also recommend that you include verbiage about how “Professional babysitting will be provided at the venue or hotel so you can enjoy our wedding and reception!”, with the contact information for the babysitting company.

For weddings in the Palm Springs area, we always refer our friend Christina with Desert Super Sitters!

We hope that helps!



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  1. Misty Adams Christensen

    October 7th, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Great advice! I’ve also seen couples put something like “all guest 21 and over only” on the invite

  2. Lee Mitchum

    October 7th, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Very good tips! It’s a delicate area, so it’s great to be gentle!

  3. Candi Leonard

    October 7th, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    good tips! As a mom myself, I think your advice is perfect!

  4. Jill Marie

    October 7th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Great advice on a tough topic!

  5. Leslie

    October 7th, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Perfect reply! We had hired sitters for the kids to hang out, watch movies and eat pizza. Totally recommended!!

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