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How to Inform Guests Children Aren’t Invited to Your Wedding

Does the thought of kids at your wedding make you cringe just a bit?  It’s OK to admit it.  The truth is more and more brides, and grooms too, aren’t so enamored with the idea of children at their weddings.  Just the thought of crying children or sticky hands around your gown or your bridesmaids can make any bride extremely anxious.  

How to Let Guests Know Children aren't invited to your wedding

Being fair, not all parents are sensitive to the issue.  Some people just can’t imagine why a bride wouldn’t want their cute and lovable kids at her wedding.  I had a mother of a groom once say she didn’t want to have to worry about stepping over small children while others don’t want young children around alcohol.  

As a wedding planner, I am often asked how to tell guests children aren’t invited to their wedding.  Etiquette books state that the best way to exclude children from your wedding is to not mention the children’s names on the wedding invitation.  The inner envelope let’s your guests know who is invited.  If the inner envelope does not have their children’s names on it, they are not invited.

 This is the proper way to address a wedding invitation to a couple with children:

  • Outer Envelope:  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McKee
  • Inner Envelope:  Mr. and Mrs. McKee
                                        Child and Child (first names)
  • The name of the oldest child is listed first followed by the names of his or her siblings in reverse chronological order.
  • Children over the age of 18 should receive a separate invitation

Nowadays, most custom invitations come with just the outer envelope.   If this is the case the proper way to address the outer envelope is as follows: 

Outer Envelope (when no inner envelope is included)

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McKee
Miss Daughter McKee
Master Son McKee

Therefore, if a child’s name is not listed on the outer envelope, they should know they are not invited.

Another proper way to exclude children on your wedding invitations is for the invitation to read:  Adult Reception to Follow, then include the name of the reception venue. If all else fails, and a guest still seems clueless and insists on bringing their children with them, call them before the wedding and explain why children should not be attending the wedding. 

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Meridian Mississippi Bridal Shower Venues

Today I am sharing Meridian Mississippi bridal shower venues.   These venues are smaller, more affordable options for hosting smaller scale events.  Most of these venues would be options for hosting birthday parties as well as baby showers.  

If you are familiar with other small venues in Meridian that have not been mentioned please inform me.  I want to provide accurate and detailed information to make your search a little easier.  This post will be updated if I learn about any others. 

Meridian Mississippi Bridal Shower Venues

Highland Park Dentzel Carousel

  • Phone | 601-485-1802
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  • Rate  | Starts at $75

The Venue

  • Phone | 601-604-7626
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  • Rate | $350 and up 

Union Station

  • Phone | 601-484-6852
  • Rate | $200 and up 

Elegance Ballroom Dance Studio

  • Phone | 601-934-1414
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Harvest Grill

  • Phone | 601-282-5069
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The Century House Bed & Breakfast 

  • Phone | 601-479-4291
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6 Affordable Gifts Your Groomsmen Will Actually Want

If you’re on a tight budget, it’s still possible to find affordable groomsmen gifts that they’ll actually want. You don’t have to shell out more money to have the perfect gifts.  Here are a few practical and budget-friendly items you can consider

1. Beer mugs 
You can never go wrong with beer mugs. If your guys love their hoppy brews, this gift is perfect for your chugging sessions. Find one that is big enough to carry large quantities or opt for ones that are customizable. You can find online shops that sell customized mugs which are perfect for making a toast on your big day.

groomsman gift beer mug

2.  Flasks
If your buddy enjoys taking a swig every now and then, you can give him a flask to carry around. There are a variety of designs that will suit every personality. This Stealth Phone Flask is great for sneaking alcohol to almost any location as it looks nearly similar to a cellphone. It’s just right for when he needs a sip – nobody will suspect at a glance!

groomsman gift flask

3. Pocket tools
Pocket tools can be very handy in certain situations and it’s great for guys who like to tinker around. They come with a variety of tools from a small functional knife to pliers that you can easily fold. It’s always better to choose tools that are made of stainless-steel as they last longer. Some are even made with lightweight material which makes them easier to carry around.

groomsman gift pocket knife

4. Cufflinks
You can never go wrong with a pair of gorgeous cufflinks but remember to keep your friend’s style in mind. Cufflinks can come in a variety of designs and materials from a wacky scrabble looking pieces to ones that look like shotgun shells. If you’re not sure what style they would like, choose a classic design like this Silver Round Beaded Cufflink. Its look and monogrammed letters will make your guy feel more sophisticated and distinguished.

groomsman gift cufflinks

5. Pub Signs
Make your guys reminisce their bachelor days with awesome pub signs that are perfect to hang around their pad. Sports-related pub signs are top choices as well as retro designs. These pub signs will bring out their sports pride while retro designs will add to their old school charm. Have their names added to make the signs more personalized.

groomsman gift pub signs

6. Cooler or Travel Bag
If you’re still confused on what to get, a cool cooler or travel bag is always a great gift.  I especially like the looks of these olive combat coolers and tan combat travel bags.  For a more personal touch, have them embroidered with their names or initials. 


With these cool and personalized groomsmen gifts, you can give your guys items they would actually want without breaking the bank.

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8 Tips on Giving a Toast at a Rehearsal Dinner

rehearsal dinner toastingToasting at a rehearsal dinner is usually started by the groom’s father; or the person hosting the dinner.  They start off by welcoming guests and saying a few words followed by the best man and maid of honor toasts.   If the bride’s mother and/or father want to make a toast, they would go next, followed by any siblings of the bride and groom.  


  1. Take the time to write something special before the wedding weekend. Practice it a few times.  Just don’t wing it! 
  2. Introduce yourself and tell everyone how you know the bride and groom. 
  3. Keep it short and sweet. 1-3 minutes max. 
  4. Don’t drink too much before you give your toast. You don’t want to make it awkward for everyone present.  
  5. Hold the mic close enough to your mouth.  A few inches away is perfect.
  6. Don’t breathe into the mic. 
  7. Don’t tell embarrassing stories or inside jokes.  Be nice and keep it positive.  
  8. Speak to both the bride and groom, even if you don’t know one of them that well.
  9. End the toast strong by raising your glass and wishing the couple a lifetime of happiness. 

To end, the groom will usually say a few words, or the groom’s father can end by thanking everyone for coming.  


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