Post # 1
Ok so I was working on starting my guest list for my wedding next year. I attend a church of about maybe 130 people, a lot of them I’m sure would love to come to my wedding but the reception hall that I have always wanted (aunt’s barn) said she didn’t want more than 150 people. Between my friends, parent’s guests, grooms friends, both sides of our families and groom’s parent’s friends we can’t invite everybody from the church to our wedding. So I was thinking I would just invite the ones who where involved in my growing up (sunday school teachers, youth pastors, mentors). What do I about all the rest of the people?
Post # 3
@sarahroby: None of us can invite everyone we know to our wedding. At some point we all need to draw a line.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Several times my hometown church had weddings in which the entire congregation was invited to just the ceremony. There was an announcement in the monthly newsletter, and I believe in the bulletin the week below. If you want to include more members of the congregation, that’s an option.
I agree with Julies1949-just because you know them, it doesn’t mean that they need an invite or that they’ll feel slighted. I have 350+ people I’m “friends” with on FB, and maybe 50 of those were invited to our wedding, for example.
If you have a capacity of 150, you could divide the guest list evenly- about 40 invites each for your family, FI’s family, your friends, FI’s friends.
Post # 5
If you have the room in your church for your invited guests and the church members, you could issue a general invitation in the church bulletin, then hold a very brief tea following the ceremony for everyone.
The guests invited to the dinner reception would receive a separate invitation.