- 7 years ago
Hello to everyone!
I am a 24 year old college student. My darling partner and I have been together for some time and we have decided that it would be wise to start thinking about what we want to do for our wedding. He suggested that I get an idea of how many people we would want to invite and (most importantly) WHERE we would want to have our ceremony and reception.
The dilemma: We live 5.5 hours from my whole family. I moved to Philadelphia for school and they live on the opposite side of the state. And I do mean my WHOLE family. Also, money is a concern. We do want to treat our loved ones to a nice time, but without over-stretching our budget.
Helpful Info: Our guest list looks something like 80-85 people, but we just don’t know how to work the actual day. :0( The number of guests that I invite are approximately 53 people and his guests would include the remaining 27-32 people. In other words, I would be inviting more people than he would.
Now that you have all of the information, here are the only options I have come up with so far. Please, if you can, offer suggestions or your opinions on any of the following options OR add your own!!! :0) Any help and input are greatly appreciated!!! Thank you, in advance, for your time and consideration!
1.) My family travels 5.5 hours to Philadelphia for both ceremony and reception. Overnight lodging is available if they choose to spend the night. (I don’t know if that is too unreasonable to ask of anyone really)
2.) Have guests meet half way and have everyone travel 2-3 hours, have ceremony & reception with overnight lodging available.
We would have the ceremony in central Pennsylvania along with the reception and again with the option of guests staying over if they did not want to make the trip home after the festivities.
3.) Have a small, courthouse ceremony with the two of us, our best man & maid of honor present to witness the event and then have two separate celebrations/receptions in two different locations for each of our families?
I suppose the trouble with this option is that my family is finicky so I would expect them to be upset that they did not get to be part of the ceremony.
4) Ask his family to travel the long distance from Philadelphia to western PA for the ceremony and reception?
Please help. I am really unsure of what to do here.
Again, thank you in advance.