Most people can often feel a bit awkward when faced with the task of asking guests to leave their kids at home. So how do you tactfully do this without creating a rift between family and friends? There are however a couple of ways to handle this.
The simple yet effective envelope, a simple slightly vague way to handle the no child issue, is to address the wedding invitation to just the couple, Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Claire Smith. It’s specific so many people will get the hint because if you’d wanted to invite the whole family you would have addressed the invitations with Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Claire Smith and family or simply The Smith Family.
Include a small line at the bottom of the wedding invitations. You can word it something like, “Adults only please” best to keep it in a small, subtle font, big enough not to be missed but not big enough to steal the scene. “Adults only reception’ will also get the point across quite clearly. A little humor may not go amiss but you need to make sure your guests will understand your meaning. Something like “Ceremony and reception intended for mature audiences only” should get your point across. You could also state (if this is true) “Due to limited venue space, Adults only please”.
We hope this helps you establish a nice and palatable way to explain to your guests that you would prefer an adults only wedding.