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New Zealand Weddings - - PLANNING -

in­volve­ment,” says Sian. “If you’re not invit­ing kids to your big day, say so loudly and clearly as early as you can. You don’t have to jus­tify your de­ci­sions, but you do need to be open and up­front from day one,” she says.

A tact­ful way to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion is to word your in­vi­ta­tion ac­cord­ingly. Try a sim­ple ‘Mr and Mrs Smith are in­vited to…’ and fin­ish with ‘We hope you can both at­tend’. This makes it ob­vi­ous ex­actly who is be­ing in­vited, with­out spelling out the fact that lit­tle ones are not.

“Re­mem­ber, it’s your wed­ding – you make the rules. If peo­ple can’t han­dle the rules then they can choose not to at­tend,” says Sara.

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