Ways to Announce an Adults Only Wedding

You're planning your wedding and have decided you would like an adult only wedding day especially for your evening wedding reception. Sometimes, you want an adult only reception so everyone can let their hair down and stay up late or it could be you're restricted by space or budget. But how do you inform guests in a polite way?

Announce an Adults Only Wedding reception wording


When you want to keep it straight to the point:

“Please join us for an adult reception at seven o’clock.”

“Please note this will be an adults only celebration.”

“Reception to follow for adults (18 and older).”

“We respectfully request no children under 18 at the reception.”

“Although we love your little ones, this is an adult only affair.”

“The bride and groom request that this be an adults-only reception.”

“Unfortunately we cannot accommodate children – thank you for your understanding.”


When the reason for your adult only celebration is down to budget or space:

“[X] seats have been reserved in your honour. Please let us know if you will be joining us!”

“Due to limited venue space, adults only please.”

“Due to budget/space limitations, we are unable to extend the invitation to children.”

“Although we love your children, we regretfully cannot accommodate them at the venue due to restricted numbers.”

“Although we adore your children, due to budget/space constraints we ask that only adults attend.”

“Regrettably our chosen venue is unable to accommodate children. Professional babysitting will be provided at the hotel.”

Or include a personalised note with your invitation: “We’d love to have Isla and Seb there but unfortunately we’re limited by budget/space constraints. We hope you can still make it.”

When the reason is you want to party til late without your guests worrying about their children getting tired:

“To allow all wedding guests, including parents, a night of relaxation and uninhibited revelry, we respectfully ask that no children attend the reception.”

“We love your kids but thought you might like a night off. Adults only please!”

“To give all our guests the opportunity to celebrate without having to worry about little eyes and ears, we politely request no children.”

“We hope you will understand our decision to make the wedding children-free, and take the opportunity to let your hair down and celebrate in style!”

“To allow all guests to relax and enjoy themselves, we have chosen to make our special day adults only. We thank you for your understanding.”

When you’re including children of close family members only:

“Children of immediate family only please.”

“Respectfully, an adult occasion (18+). Infants under 12 months welcome.”

“Due to limited numbers, we hope you appreciate that children are only invited if named.”

“Unfortunately we are only able to accommodate children in the wedding party at our reception.”

“We wish we could include all children, but are unfortunately only able to invite immediate family.”

“Due to necessity rather than choice, it is children of immediate family only. We hope you understand and enjoy your night off!”

“Unfortunately due to space limitations, we are having an adults-only reception. The only children attending are those who are part of our wedding party. If anyone needs help with making arrangements for child care, please let us know and we will do our best to assist.”