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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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Soule Steam Feed Works Wedding | Meridian Mississippi | Tori + Daniel

 

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Photographer: Blake McCollum Photography
Planner + Florist: Southern Productions
Venue: Soule Steam Feed Works
Catering + Rentals: Lovin’ Spoonful Catering
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Cakes: Custom Edible Art by Natali
DJ: Matt Lewis
Hair + Makeup: Anna Hester 

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Jet Inspired Fall Wedding | Soule Steam Feed Works | Meridian Mississippi

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Jet Inspired Fall Wedding

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Jet Inspired Fall Wedding

 

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Photographer: April + Paul
Planner & Florist: Southern Productions weddings & events
Reception Venue: Soule Steam Feed Works
DJ: Richard Anderson
Catering & Rentals: Pretty Presentations
Wedding Cake: Church Street Cakery
Groom’s Cake: Carol Fanning
Bar: Iron Horse Grill
Cinematographer: Frameblender Films

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Coral, Peach and Gold Outdoor Wedding in Meridian, MS

There were so many beautiful elements to Alicia & Michael’s wedding and it was a dream to work alongside the bride to help her create such a wonderful evening.  The stunning celebration was held at the home of the bride’s parents in Meridian, MS.

No detail was overlooked and one thing the bride wanted to incorporate was gold, in honor of her parents “golden anniversary.”  Alicia & Michael tied the knot on the eve of her parents 50th wedding anniversary.  What an honor to share this day with them as they reaffirmed their vows to each other as well.   You will notice the gold elements used throughout the entire wedding.  In one of the photos below you will even notice the gold nail polish on the brides left ring finger… all of the attendants and wedding staff participated in this to honor the day!  Such a small, but lovely detail the bride thought of.

There were so many beautiful photos by Angel Speaks Photography…Here is part 1 from the outdoor wedding in Meridian, Mississippi.

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Venue: Private Residence
Planner & Florist: Southern Productions
Photographer: Angel Speaks Photography
Chalk Art Signs: Southern Sprout
Wedding Gown: The Bridal Path
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Tuxes: Joyce’s Etc.
Invitations and Paper Details: Nico and LaLa
Video: Art in Motion
Caterer & Event Rentals: Pretty Presentations
Band: Better than Ezra
Tents: Great Southern
Pews: PEWS (Purely Elegant Wedding Statements)
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Cakes: Church Street Cakery
Cookie Favors: Church Street Cakery
Praline Favors: Sweet Treats by Allyson Hooper
Live Artist: John Bukaty
Caricature Artist: About Faces
Photo Booth: MS Photo Booths

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