Recognize that some guests may be disappointed by your decision. Show empathy by acknowledging their feelings and expressing your hope that they will still be able to attend.
Some examples to use are:
- “I understand that this might be inconvenient for you, but we really hope you can still join us.”
- “We completely understand that you may need to make alternative arrangements for your children, and we’re grateful for your understanding. We hope you’ll still be able to make it to our wedding!”
If it is in your budget or the venue offers an on-site babysitter perhaps you can offer your guests a babysitter to save the stress of having to organize one. You could use examples such as:
- “We want all of our guests to be able to relax and enjoy themselves at our wedding, including those with young children. That’s why we’ve hired an on-site babysitter to watch over your little ones while you celebrate with us.”
- “We know that finding a trustworthy babysitter can be challenging, especially when you’re out of town for a wedding. That’s why we’re happy to provide you with the details of an on-site babysitter so your little ones aren’t far.”