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It’s your favorite wedding photography team- Ashley and Camden! We are back and ready to tackle another hot wedding planning topic. Today is a little bit more of a delicate discussion- how to keep your wedding kid free (if that’s what you want!). Kids are beautiful gifts from God- but sometimes you want to keep your event just for adults. And that’s completely fine! Whether that’s for safety reasons, practicality, or just because you don’t like them (all valid reasons), we’re here to help you deliver the news to your guests.
The “No Kids Except Family” Situation
If you have a lot of friends and family with kids, but still want to include a few special kids- you may want to implement the “No kids except family” rule. However, know that if you decide to go this route, you need to honor it for all kids in this category. If you let your sister bring her son, your brother should also be allowed to bring their kids. If one cousin can bring their kids, the rest of your cousins should be able to as well. Decide if you want only immediate family or extended family, and word your invitation accordingly. We recommend using something along these lines: “While we love all of our guests’ children, we have decided to keep our guest list limited to adults except for immediate family. Take the night off and celebrate with us with some wine and dancing away from the kids!”
The “No Kids at All” Situation
If you don’t have any family members with children, or simply want to keep this a strictly adults affair- that’s completely fine! Know ahead of time you may get some pushback. Make sure to give your guests plenty of notice so that they can find a sitter in time, or if you have a family member or close friend having a hard time, feel free to offer to help with babysitting services if you feel so inclined. As far as wording, we recommend using something like this on your invitations and/or Save the Dates: “While we love all of our guests’ children, we have decided to keep our guest list limited to adults. Take the night off and celebrate with us with some wine and dancing away from the kids! We all could use a quality date night.”
Handling a “no kids” wedding can be a little tricky but stick to your gut and make sure you are understanding with your friends and family. If you stay open minded when talking to your friends and family, it’s much more likely for everyone to find a solution.
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Until next time,
Ashley and Camden