When it comes to planning your wedding, there are many important decisions to be made. One of the most important is your guest list. Some say ‘the more the merrier’ but sometimes that old adage isn’t true, and ‘less is more’. One way to shorten your guest list, and create a more mature environment for your guests is to make your wedding at Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in NYC adults-only.
Planning an adults-only wedding can be a lot of fun, but it also may be a delicate subject with parents, so it’s best to prepare yourself for anything that may come up. Then the fun begins!
One of the most important things you need to do when planning an adults-only event is to notify any parents as well in advance as possible such as on your save-the-date cards. This will let any parents on your guest list know that they need to arrange for childcare as soon as possible, and to adjust their plans accordingly. Understand that some parents will simply not be able to make it if you exclude children from your guest list, and don’t take it personally! There could be myriad reasons they can’t make it or leave their children behind.
On the other hand there are some parents who will welcome the opportunity to get away for the night and not worry about entertaining their children, so go ahead and plan your child-free wedding without guilt.
When planning a child-free wedding, you’ll need to decide if you will allow exceptions to your adults only rules. Will you need a flower girl and ring bearer? These roles typically go to children, and without inviting children you may not be able to fill these roles in your wedding.
Another question you may need to address is what about new parents? If a parent with a newborn or exclusively breastfed baby is invited, will you allow the baby to attend? Some parents are simply unable to leave a newborn with a childcare provider, so you’ll need to decide if an infant qualifies as a child for invitation purposes. Generally speaking, babies won’t interrupt too much of your festivities. Sure, there may be some tears, but most parents know to leave the room with a crying baby if it inevitably happens.
Just a heads up, some parents may take offense if some children are invited but not others, so proceed with caution.
With an adults-only wedding, you can exercise your fun side, with signature cocktails, dancing, and grown-ups only shenanigans like gambling tables, wine tasting, and social media ready photo booths.
Another benefit to an adults-only wedding is that you can have an evening wedding without worrying about anyone staying up past their bedtime and having a meltdown. Plus, it’s often easier for parents to find a sitter for evening hours, easing a bit of burden on some of your guests. Better still, adults can stay longer if they don’t have tired kiddos to contend with, which means they can relax a bit and spend more time with you!
When it comes to speeches, the nice thing about an adults only wedding is that you and your guests can be a little racy, or maybe reminisce about fun times you’ve had over the years that may not exactly be kid-friendly. Letting all your guests know in advance that there will be no children present will allow those making speeches to exercise their creativity a bit more.
If you’re ready to start planning your adults-only wedding with us, please contact Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in NYC today!