The issue of children at weddings is always delicate and it takes a lot of thinking. While it is perfectly understandable that you don’t have roaring babies in your dream it is important to find a diplomatic way of explaining this as some parents might not understand why you don’t want their toddlers around! If you do choose to not have children at the wedding then as well as writing “Adult reception” on the invitation it is a good idea to call your guests with children to explain your decision.
However, if the children are very young it is difficult to ask a parent to part from their new born to come and attend your wedding. I would suggest allocating an area at your venue where those parents with young children can have some privacy to take care of them. You could also hire the services of a trained nanny so that parents can enjoy the evening while their children are being cared for. Again discuss this with the parents over the phone prior to your wedding. A wealth of companies offer the services of nannies as well as children entertainers. By having both on hand at your wedding children can be taken care of whatever their age or needs. We suggest speakign to our sister company Music By Arrangement (www.musicbyarrangement.com) who can suggest excellent children entertainers that will keep all the little ones happy and entertained. A wedding can be a very boring event for a child and making sure they are entertained is probably the best way of avoiding impatient and grumpy children spoiling your big day.