(Closed) Large guest list on small budget…HELP!!!

posted 6 years ago in Money
  • poll: what would you do
    would you keep those family members and not include friends /co-workers to wedding/reception : (19 votes)
    24 %
    would you not invite your family members that you're not that close to and invite your friends/co-wo : (59 votes)
    76 %
  • Post # 4
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    3968 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @rds2013:  So it’s family (i’m assuming aunts/uncles/cousins) vs. friends and co-workers? I say invite the closest friends and make it just aunts and uncles, not cousins, draw the line somewhere. 

    Post # 5
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    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We didn’t have a small budget per say but our cost per person was really high so our wedding was small. As such, we left out a lot of family members in exchange for friends/co-workers that we do interact with daily/weekly. That said, the family members we excluded were people we didn’t even see once a year. The majority on my side haven’t interacted with me in probably 10 years and on DH’s side, they were not local and he talks to them about once a year or so. Some he hadn’t seen or talked to in probably 10 years too. In the end, it was more important to us that everyone there was someone we could recognize and that it was someone who really wanted to be there.

    Post # 6
    Member
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    That’s tough… In my case I’d probably pick friends and coworkers because I have a lot more fun with them. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    1123 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We had this issue. A $5,000 budget MAXIMUM and our guest list keeps growing from 100 and is about 120 now. But I wouldn’t miss having all of my close friends and family there for anything. Plus I’m sure at least 40 wont show. I’m just cutting corners anywhere I can.

    Post # 11
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    5660 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would invite the adults and not the cousins. All of our cousins were invited on our mom’s sides because we see them a lot and they live in state, they are also all younger than us and many are still in high school. I haven’t seen the cousin’s on my dads side since I was 13 (I”m 31) so all my dads siblings were invited and none of the cousins. a) everyone lives out of state and b) the cousins are all adults, older than me, with kids. One aunt said “we hope the girls’ and their families can come” and I had to respond and say we couldn’t have them. It sucked but they were good about it and didn’t cause any drama. 

    Post # 15
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    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I am in the same situation. We did invite some extended family but we invited our corworkers and friends. I mean our friends and co-workers have been there since the beginning of our relationship,  and talk to us daily yet the extended family knows Im engaged because of facebook.

    Keep the friends!

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