Post # 1
So… I recently got a save the date from the younger sister of a friend of mine. I was really close with her older brother growing up…He was my younger brother’s best friend since kindergarten and so basically my brother growing up…
Her brother and her parents are invited to mine but I haven’t seen or heard from his younger sister unitl now.
Her mom when I saw her around New Years she told me that her daughter had gotten engage and asked if she should feel honored to have been invited to my wedding and I said yes very (jokingly kinda) and explained to her that we were currently over max capacity. I got her daughters save the date a few weeks later.
What should I do? I feel bad inviting her whole family and not her and her fiance but we’re over max capacity by about 15 people right now with quite a few defnites even before the invites go out. How have you handled similar situations?
Post # 3
I have a similar situation. I haven’t received the invitation yet, but I’m fairly sure I’m getting invited to the wedding of my sisters childhoood friend whom I’ve hardly spoken to in a few years. We did attend college together and I saw her a few times, but we haven’t been close in 6 or 7 years.
I’m not inviting her and her husband to my wedding, and if they ask, I’ll just have to explain that we don’t have any more room. She’ll also be out of her parents house so it’ll be easier to address just her parents. (who are good friends of my parents) and not include her.
Weddings shouldn’t be a "i’ll do you if you do me" type of a situation. If she can accomodate a larger group and is inviting you, that doesn’t mean you should feel bad about not being able to invite everyone to your wedding.
Post # 4
Yikes. I probably would invite her- since you are inviting her whole family. We have family friends- I refer to the parents as Aunt and Uncle. They have 4 kids. My family is closest to the 2 sons and their families, but when it came time to send invites, I also invited the 2 daughters because it seemed rude/mean(?) to exclude them.
Does she live far away? Will she likely come?
You didn’t mention how big your guest list is, but you will probably have some people decline the invitation. I invited about 185 and wound up with 130, but a large part of that was my husbands family lives all over the country so many of them couldn’t come.
Post # 5
I have had a situation like this – we are going to invite the couple who invited us (although we would not have normally done so.) It just felt too awkward to us to do otherwise. We would like to keep our numbers down, but our venue does not have a limitation so a few extras here and there are ok (though a tad hurtful to our budget!)
Post # 6
There are a number of adult children of my FIL’s family friends we’ll be inviting, including a couple who will be married just before us. They aren’t inviting us to their wedding. We really don’t care since we don’t know them very well and I consider them more invited for our Future In-Laws than for us, not to mention we would have declined anyway. So while it is a little awkward not inviting them in return, they of all people should understand the possible budget constraints of having a wedding! If you feel too uncomfortable leaving them off, even with the venue constraint, maybe have them near the top of the B-list, in case you end up having some free space.
I agree with the comment LatteLove made about weddings and how they shouldn’t be "i’ll do you if you do me" situations. I wonder where that mentality came from anyway? Outside of the people in our wedding party, we wouldn’t be offended if none of our single/dating guests ended up inviting us to their wedding. I get that some people have big weddings, others have small ones, and we won’t necessarily make the cut in every situation.