The Best Way to Say "No Kids" at Your Wedding Reception

If it is what you want, don't be afraid to make your wedding reception an adults-only affair. ©lisovoy/DPC

Weddings are a great time for friends and family to get together, but some couples don't want to deal with the potential chaos children can wreak on their special day. If you are among the couples who wish to have a child-free wedding, you may feel conflicted about how to phrase it to your friends and family who do have kids.

Firstly, you should not over explain. It's your special day, period. If you don't want people's children at your wedding - for whatever reason - you do not need to elaborate. The more you say, the more you open yourself up to if's and but's. Remain steadfast in your convictions about your big day.

The best way to go about saying "no kids" is to include it on your invitations. Don't actually say "no children", but specify that the reception will be "adults only". It can also be helpful to call friends and family members before you send out your invitations and let them know that your reception will be kid-free, that way they won't be shocked when the invitations come and there are only enough seats reserved for the adults.

Having a kid-free wedding can be great for a variety of reasons. You won't have to worry about a child throwing a tantrum during your reception, you can have an open bar and be more creative with the ways you serve libations, and for the parents who attend, they will get a night off to celebrate with you.

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Mati Brown holds a Journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She has written for several publications, including the Berlin Reporter, EDGE publications, and the Falmouth and Mashpee Bulletins. A current resident of Brewster, she is glad to be writing about the area she grew up in. Connect with Mati on Google+.

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