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Wedding Invitations Etiquette: Attire and Adults Only Wording

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Attire and adults-only wording is a trend right now for couples intending to get married. Even though people love their kids, some couples prefer having their wedding without kids present. Also, with wedding ideas, a couple may require a specific dress code to bring it to life.

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Hence, couples should understand the etiquette and structure binding attire and adult’s only wedding wording. With that out of the way, we will show you how to string them together in our sample categories.

Adult Only Wedding Wording

This is a wedding invitation wording which specifically states that only people of legal adult age can attend a wedding.

Formal Wording For Adults Only Wedding

If you’re having a formal wedding, it can be awkward to simply state that children aren’t wanted or welcomed. Instead, you can include the wording for adults only wedding in the RSVP card. Another way to do it is to subtly state it when you mention the ceremony or reception.

“Lena Bowie and Matt Stone
request the honor of your company at their marriage
Saturday, the seventeenth of June two thousand and seventeen at eleven o’clock in the morning
San Francisco City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl San Francisco, Ca
Adult-only affair to follow”

Adults Only Funny Wedding Wording

You can indicate that you want only adults at your wedding without coming across as a children’s hater. The idea is to infuse a little humor in your adult’s only wedding wording. Keep humor lighthearted and sweet and the guests wouldn’t take it to heart. See a wording sample below.

“Mr. and Mrs. Jones
tied the knot and need your help celebrating
Saturday, the seventeenth of June two thousand and seventeen at eleven o’clock in the morning
San Francisco City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl San Francisco, Ca
dinner, dancing, and open bar without kids to follow”

Casual Wedding Invitation Wording

There’s really no hard fast rule to writing casual wedding invitations adults only wording. The tone of the invite will take on the idea of the wedding you’ve got. Since it’s casual, the wedding wording invite will be toned down, slightly comedic and loose. See a casual adult-only wording below.

“Christina Marshall and Randy Howe
request your presence at their marriage
June 17, 2017, 11:00 AM
San Francisco City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl San Francisco, Ca
Celebrate with us at an adults-only reception to follow”

Religious Wording Example

A religious wedding is intimate and this is the tone the invite should carry. Again, the expression of faith is a constant. Everything revolves around the couple, their faith and the message they want to pass. So if you’re about having an adult’s only religious wedding, see a sample below.

“Desiring God’s will for their lives and believing that includes each other
Christina Marshall and Randy Howe
invite you to share their joy as they are united in the Lord Jesus Christ
Saturday, the seventeenth of June two thousand and seventeen at eleven o’clock in the morning
San Francisco City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl San Francisco, Ca
Adult-only affair to follow”

Adults Only Wedding Reception Wording

While you may choose to have children at your ceremony, the case may be different for the reception. The exclusion of children may be to reduce the guest size, contain budget or beat curfew. It could also be that the reception venue isn’t child-friendly. See adults-only wedding reception wording sample below.

“Christina Marshall and Randy Howe
are getting hitched and request your presence
June 17, 2017, 11:00 AM
San Francisco City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl San Francisco, Ca
Adult reception to follow and an open bar”

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Wedding Attire Wording

Wedding attire wording is the specific notice to guests on how the couple expects them to dress up to their wedding.

Formal Attire Wedding Invitation Wording

The destination or theme of your wedding determines how the getup will be. In this case, you have a formal theme, so you’ll let the guest know in a separate enclosure card. Formal attire wedding invitation wording often comes in one-liners as you’ll see in the wording sample below.

“Formal, black tie optional (suit and tie and dresses)”

Casual Wedding Attire Wording

If the tone of your wedding is a casual one, the wedding dress code wording will encourage guests to dress down. This indicating that guests can appear presentable without looking scruffy. You’ll be specific on what you’d have them wear by giving options. See the casual wedding attire wedding sample below.

“Casual (button-down shirts or polos and summer sundresses or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse)”

Fun Wedding Attire Wording

You have a fun wedding theme, then guests have to show up looking all shades of fun. This time, you’re giving guests the freedom to break a leg. But there should be a caveat of what’s not necessary. This way, no one turns up looking out of place. See sample.

“Dress: No suits or tuxes required!”

Unique Wedding Dress-Code Wording

Following a unique dress code means you’re having a themed wedding. It’s always great to start with a story surrounding the theme. Lead it up to what the theme means to you and finish by telling the guests to bring your theme to life by representing your favorite theme characters.

“Dress code: Like the great Gatsby era.”

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Do You Put Adults Only On Save The Date?

Indicating that the party is for adults only on save the date cards is very inappropriate. It’s too quick and tacky. We advise that you wait until you’re well and ready with your final wedding date before deciding. This is because a lot could change before you choose a final date. If you must indicate, the following places are ideal to include adults-only wedding wording.

  • The wedding invitation
    On the wedding invite, put this information at the lower left or right-hand corner. You may also put this information at the ventral bottom.
  • A separate enclosure card
    If you’ve got a separate card in the invitation suite for other pieces of information; include the adult-only notice there. The RSVP card is ideal.
  • The wedding website
    This is arguably the best place to put this information especially if you have a website already. Your wedding update is here, so it isn’t personal.

Putting together attire and adults-only wording is a matter of knowing what’s obtainable. A lot of couples don’t understand what they mean when they mention a particular attire. Some can’t also distinguish between black tie and formal dressing which brings a lot of confusion. Couples should get clear on this and also check this post for inspiration on how to word their invites. And if you don’t want kids present that’s okay too, because it’s all about you, your love and day.

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