Should You Invite Children to Your Wedding?

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Deciding whether to invite kids to your wedding is a personal choice that depends on various factors, including the tone and style of your event, the preferences of you and your partner, and the dynamics of your guest list. Here are some considerations and suggestions for handling this decision:


Inviting Children to Your Wedding


Entertainment and Supervision

If you choose to invite children, it’s essential to ensure they are entertained and supervised throughout the event. Consider setting up a designated kids’ area with age-appropriate activities, games, and perhaps a professional childcare provider to oversee them. This allows parents to relax and enjoy themselves knowing their children are safe and occupied.

Kids’ Menu

Make sure to include kid-friendly meal options on your menu to cater to younger guests’ tastes and preferences. Simple dishes like chicken tenders, mini sliders, and mac ‘n’ cheese can be a hit with kids.

Include Children in Ceremony

If you have a close relationship with the children of family or friends, consider involving them in your ceremony as flower girls, ring bearers, or junior bridesmaids/groomsmen. This not only makes them feel special but also adds a personal touch to your wedding.


Not Inviting Children to Your Wedding


Wording on Invitations

If you decide not to invite children to your wedding, it’s important to communicate this politely and clearly on your invitations. Here are a few examples of how you could word it:

  • “We kindly request that our wedding be an adults-only affair.”
  • “To allow all guests to relax and enjoy an evening of celebration, we request that our wedding be adults-only.”
  • “We love your little ones, but we’ve decided to make our wedding an adults-only occasion.”

Communicate Directly

In addition to the invitation wording, it’s a good idea to communicate your decision directly to guests with children. You can do this through word of mouth or by including a note with your invitation explaining the adults-only policy and offering suggestions for local childcare options if needed.

Consider Exceptions

Be prepared for the possibility that some guests may have difficulty arranging childcare or may be offended by the decision not to invite children. Consider making exceptions for immediate family members or other special cases, if necessary.



Whether you choose to invite children to your wedding or not, the key is to communicate your decision clearly and respectfully while ensuring all guests feel welcome and accommodated. This will help you create a joyous and memorable celebration for everyone involved.

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