How to Word the Wedding Invitation If Children Are Not Invited

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Q: With the exception of three children from my immediate family, I only want to have adults at my reception. How can I let this be known without offending guests who have children?

A: Even though you plan to have children from your immediate family at your reception, your invited guests should not assume that their children may also attend. Inside the outer envelope of your invitation be sure to include an inner envelope with only your invited guests' names on it. You may also want to enclose a handwritten note to relatives and friends explaining that as much as you would love to invite their children, you simply cannot do so because of space or cost limitations. If you wish, mention that children will be most welcome to attend the ceremony. It's best to make certain, well before your wedding day, that all of your guests understand and will comply with your wishes.

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