Loading... Pro Tip: Lock in today's sale prices with No-Fee Layaway!
0

My Cart

$0.00

Real Diamonds
Direct Prices

Wedding Etiquette Tips: How to Plan a Child-Free Wedding

child-free-weddingWedding planning can sometimes be an exercise in walking on eggshells, trying not to hurt feelings or step on toes, while still staying true to what you want as a couple.

One of the big questions that can cause the most controversy is: do we invite children or not?

There are many reasons you might want an adult-only celebration. For example, you are planning a glamorous black-tie wedding that wouldn’t be well suited to little ones, or you want to keep the guest list on the small side to keep the catering bill down. It is perfectly acceptable to decide to have a child-free wedding, but it can be a touchy subject with friends and family you’re inviting.

Here are a few wedding etiquette tips on how to handle the situation both clearly and gracefully:

Address the invitations carefully.

Writing “adults only” or “no children” on the invitation can come across as impolite and may ruffle feathers. Instead, address the invitation envelopes with care, writing, “Mr. Tom Figueroa” or “Ms. Amy Schmidt-Fuller and Mr. John Fuller,” without including the children’s names or “and family.” People should gather that it’s not a kid-friendly event, but if you are worried there will be confusion, ask your inner circle of family and wedding party members to spread the word in a subtle way to the wider guest list.

Plan an evening wedding.

It’s more challenging to host a child-free wedding at a daytime or more casual event. If you plan an evening wedding, particularly if it is a formal affair, it is easier to explain to friends and family why kids aren’t invited.

Arrange child-care services.

If you are having an adult-only wedding, especially if many people are traveling to it from out of town, it is a generous gesture to arrange to have a babysitter (or small team of sitters) take care of the kids while the adults have fun.

Be consistent.

Inviting some children and not others can cause problems, so it’s best to pick a rule and stick with it. For example, you may want your sister’s son to be the ring bearer in charge of presenting the trio ring sets at the ceremony, so you could invite kids from your immediate family only. But to avoid hurt feelings, you should hold fast to this rule and not make exceptions.

Browse our trio ring sets

Photo credit 

Leave a Reply