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Adults Only Wedding Invitation Wording

On your wedding day, you reserve the right to ask your guests to cater to your wishes.

Requesting an adults only wedding is something to do tastefully. If the children's names are not included on the envelope of the invitation, the recipients will usually realize that the children are not invited. However, to be very clear about your wishes, you might want to talk with those families and add a tastefully worded note as part of your wedding invitation wording.

A few things to consider:

  • You may want to consider arranging for a room, babysitter and meals for the children.
  • It could be considered rude to just say "no kids allowed" or "no children."
  • If you have any children in your wedding party it might be considered unfair to not allow children as guests.

Here are some specific examples of formal and casual options.

To make these options fit your needs, just change the names, dates and location information. For additional help on creating your wedding invitation wording, be sure to look for the "Make It Yours" information blocks for additional tips.

Formal Options:

Ceremony in a House of Worship, Hosted by Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Al Davis &
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Right
request the honour of your presence
at the wedding of
Ms. Amy Ann Davis
to Mr. Joe David Right
Saturday, the eighteenth of June
two thousand eleven
at two o'clock
First Congregational Church
Alexandria, Virginia

Adults Only Reception to Follow

The Alexandria Brewery

Ceremony in a Non-Religious Venue, Hosted by Parents

Mr. and Mrs. Al Davis along with
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Right
request the pleasure of your company
at the wedding of
Amy Ann
to Joe David
Saturday, the eighteenth of June
two thousand eleven
at two o'clock
White Rose Wedding Chapel
Alexandria, Virginia

Adults only

General Formal Invitation Hosted by Couple

You are invited to the wedding of
Amy Ann
to Joe David
Saturday, the eighteenth of June
two thousand eleven
at two o'clock
Mondavi Vineyards
Napa, California
Ceremony & Reception are an Adults Only Affair
Childcare will be provided offsite.

General Formal Invitation Hosted by Couple - Option #2

The pleasure of your company is requested
at the exchanging of vows between
Amy Ann
and Joe David
Saturday, the eighteenth of June
two thousand eleven
at two o'clock
Mondavi Vineyards
Napa, California

Adults Only at Reception.
Childcare provided offsite.

Make It Yours
  • Using Mr., Ms. or Miss is optional for the bride and groom, but expected for the names of parents.
  • For a Jewish ceremony, use "and" between the names of the bride and groom instead of "to."
  • If a Catholic mass is part of your ceremony, include the following after the groom's name: "and your participation in the offering of a Nuptial Mass"
  • You can tone down the formality by omitting the traditional English spelling of "honour" and instead use the word "honor."

Casual Options:

Ceremony with Childcare Offered, Hosted by Parents

Susan and Al Davis along with
Bethany and Steven Right
ask you to join in celebration
at the wedding of their children
Amy
to Joe
Saturday, June 18, 2011
at 2:00pm
Mondavi Vineyards
Napa, California

Ceremony & Reception are Adults Only
Childcare available.

Ceremony Hosted by Couple

Amy and Joe
invite you to their wedding

Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm
at their home
101 Beach Street in Jacksonville, Florida

We humbly request adults only in attendance.

Ceremony Farther Away

Join us in Hawaii!
Amy & JoAnne
will be married
Saturday, June 18th, 2011
at sunset
on Wilson Beach
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Adults Only for Ceremony and Reception, Please.

Ceremony Hosted by Couple and Parents

Amy & Joe
along with their parents
ask you to join in a commitment ceremony
Saturday, June 18th, 2011
3:00 in the afternoon
The Lusk Ballroom
New York, New York

Adults Only Reception to follow.

Make It Yours
  • Include the location address unless it is being more clearly detailed in another enclosure with your invitation.
  • On a casual invitation, you can freely select the format for the date, either just showing the Arabic number (e.g., June 18) or you can add the st, nd, rd or th (e.g. June 18th or the 18th of June).
  • You can use softening words like request or please to encourage guests to respect your wishes.