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To Invite or Not to Invite Kids? Exploring Adult-Only Weddings


Your wedding day is about love and a lifelong journey together. You want the day to be remembered as one of the best days of your life with all your favorite people. As you begin planning and curating a guest list, you may be asking yourself “Do we invite kids?” The answer to this question might raise some questions or concerns. Keep reading as we discuss the pros and cons of having an adult-only wedding.

Pros of Adult-Only Weddings

Reduce Cost

This may be the biggest pro of having a kid-free wedding. When you don’t invite kids to your wedding, you are reducing the amount of seating and food needed resulting in big savings. As a result, you may also be eliminating sending invites to a few families that weren’t essential guests. No kids essentially means a lower guest count and cost.

No Ceremony Interruptions

Young children can find it hard to sit still for long periods of time. By not allowing kids, you avoid having any cries interrupting your vows, toasts, or speeches. This ensures the parents who are child-free get to enjoy those special moments too.

Late Night Fun

An adult-only wedding allows for a fun date night for the parents. This is especially more relaxing knowing no kids are around if you choose to have an open bar. Having no kids at the wedding also allows for you to choose whatever music for your dance floor. 

Cons of Adult-Only Weddings

Missing Kid Magic

Kids bring a special charm to weddings, and their absence might make the event less magical. A flower girl and ring bearer can also add to the cuteness of ceremony photos. 

Awkward Conversations

The biggest downside to not allowing children at your wedding is offending wedding guests. Some parents may think you don’t like their children or you don’t trust their parenting skills. Awkward conversations may come up if you allow some kids at your wedding (like a flower girl or ring bearer) but not others.

Fewer RSVPs

Some parents may not come out of principle if they think you’re being rude. Parents of newborns may not be able to come if it is not suitable for them to leave their baby with someone else for a whole day or weekend. If you don’t allow kids at your wedding, you may run into fewer RSVPs. 

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Adult-Only Weddings

Choosing between an adult-only or kid-friendly wedding is personal. Consider what atmosphere you want and how it may affect your relationships. As you plan your wedding ceremony and reception, think about the kind of memories you want to create for everyone involved. After all, your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event!

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