Post # 1
I’m currently looking at a ceremony site that would only allow for 100 guests. Both my FI and I have larger extended families. What’s your opinion on limiting the ceremony to only immediate family and friends instead of the whole family?
Post # 3
If you’re going to invite people to the reception, you must also invite them to the ceremony. It’s rude to not include them in both events. Good luck!
Post # 4
@ashers033: There is nothing wrong with that as long as everyone is invited to the reception. Some people might be bummed out about not getting to see the ceremony though and that’s something you will have to deal with if it comes up. For my hubby and I, it was very important that the ceremony be small and very intimate. We chose to invite only those people who had played an important part in our lives (mostly family, with a couple of very close friends). We had a total including us and the pastor, of 37!
We made sure to advise everyone of the scenario ahead of time and everyone was very understanding.
If it’s at all possible, try to get some pictures that you can print up, frame and set out at your reception (or video). That will help make people feel included even if they weren’t there. We had our reception the day after the ceremony, so it was easier for us to do so. We got a LOT of comments from people saying how glad they were that they got to see some of our ceremony pictures!