Be forewarned, some parents will think you are extremely rude and inconsiderate for not allowing children at your wedding reception. But the bottomline is that it's your wedding day and you can choose to not have kids involved, if you prefer.
Many couples don't want children to attend their wedding reception. Sometimes it's for monetary reasons, while other times they don't want to deal with the possible crying and mischief of small children. If you want to exclude children from your wedding day, you need to handle it very tactfully.
At most reception sites, you can section off a play area where children can play games or read. This can be off of the main reception area and you can hire a sitter to oversee the kids and keep them busy.
Normally when children act out at a wedding reception, it's because they are bored. Offer kid-friendly foods, have a children-only dance and take other steps to keep the youngsters involved.
Whatever you decide, don't feel bad about it. You only get married once (in theory). If you don't want to run the risk of children ruining your reception, it's perfectly acceptable to notify your guests that you are hosting an adult only event. Some may choose not to attend because they can't bring their kids, but that number will be very few.
Story by Kori Ellis