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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had a small wedding of 13 people. Immediate family (parents, siblings) and our three best friends. Our wedding was a destination wedding, so we were able to avoid people begging for invites.

We didn’t have a traditional reception. We had cake at the ceremony site and we went out to dinner at House of Blues. Since there were only 13 of us, it was a relaxed and fun time for everyone.

We did not have most of the traditional stuff. Aside from the pretty dress, most of the wedding was pretty unique to us.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We had 42 guests!

We invited our parents/siblings/grandparents/godparents and closest friends.

Literally JUST the people we couldn’t imagine getting married without! And We didn’t do aunts/uncles/cousins/+1s unless they’re basically married

ETA: We had a luncheon reception with no dancing (but did do cake/toasts), and took a party bus out dancing that night with like 20 guests, where we treated for booze!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I’m planning a small wedding and compiling a list of 50 people AS I TYPE! lol

For my 25, it’s my parents, grandmother, sister, aunts and uncle, girl cousins (we’re super close), and my dearest best friends and their husbands. It’d be better if my besties were single because then I’d be able to invite more of my family but oh well…I went to their weddings lol

I’m looking into a restaurant wedding, somewhere I can hold the ceremony and the reception. I don’t want traditions-probably no walking down the aisle or jumping the broom (AA tradition), no cake cutting…probably no official dances, no bouquet/garter tosses (there will be like 3 single people there) lol I’m thinking literally…ceremony, eating and drinking, listening to music, maybe a toast lol but that’s about it!

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

50-60 Guests.

We compiled the list of friends and family by who is “In our life” vs  who “Is a part our life” and included immediate family, except for my sister and her famiy (Hard decision, but long story – too much drama vomit)

Having the recpetion and ceremony at the same location. Rented a mansion for a small fee.

No traditional wedding stuff – just cake cutting and first dance. 

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@ontbride:  We are having a BBQ catering  too 🙂 They were very budget friendly! We also found a cake woman that works out of her home and charges like $1.25 per cupcake 

We’ve also excluded people from work.  That also kept the lis down.  

Post # 13
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917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We ended up with somewhere between 60-65. Aunts, uncles, and cousins made up the majority of the guest list, and the rest were close friends (we talk or hang out fairly often).

We had the ceremony and the reception at a local restaurant with an event space. It worked really well.

We did most of the traditional things, just scaled back. For instance, I did have a shower, but only one, and only about 30 people were invited. We didn’t do any bouquet or garter tosses because we don’t have that many single friends left.

Post # 14
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511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ontbride:  We invited 30 people (including ourselves); it looks like we’ll have 26 attending.  We’re having the ceremony on the dock of a private residence (FILs’ parents’), and the reception at a restaurant.  Everyone invited is family except the Best Man (FI’s best friend).  My mom keeps asking if we’re sure we don’t want to invite friends to make up the difference, but it’s a slippery-slope kind of thing – how to choose who to invite? – plus it’s a semi-destination wedding (4 hour drive from where we live), so we’re going to have an at-home party for friends at a later date.

Things we skipped/will be skipping: Save the Dates (sent invites early instead), dancing at the reception, tosses of any kind, a bridal party (except for a MOH and BM).

Things we kept/are keeping: Welcome bags, semi-formal dress code, rehearsal/rehearsal dinner, place cards at the reception, toasts, a small cake to cut (guests will get cupcakes).

 

We don’t have a huge budget (definitely under $10K), but since our guest list is so small we could ‘splurge’ on some things and not break the bank.  I think my dress plus our photogs is more than half of what we’re spending, oops 😛

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ontbride:  We planned it in 5.5 months, but could have planned it in 2 months comfortably. We had a 10:30am Church ceremony, did pictures, and then the reception site was about 20 minutes away.

We actually found a small banquet room (I think max capacity was 75) upstairs of a REALLY nice restaurant, and since we had a luncheon, the prices were HALF what the dinner banquet prices were!

Our reception was over by 3pm, and we met people for dinner at 7:30 (we got subs), then loaded the party bus at 9. We arrived around 10 (after a booze run), partied until 1am, and were back at the hotel by 2am!

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