Small wedding or family affair?

posted 1 year ago in Guests
Post # 2
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

Most of my family is overseas, so it was fairly easy for me. I’m inviting immediate family, my great aunt and her family. I think her son would be considered my second cousin? They’re the only family in the area. On top of that I went through my contacts and only invited people I talked to in the past year, and friends with whom it felt like no time has passed at all no matter how long it’s been. If I give them all plus ones, that brings me to 30 people. FH listed 40 people- all immediate family (only) and close friends. My mom is inviting like 2 friends that she basically considers sisters.

I think it’s totally ok to tell your parents if they want to invite more of their friends, they need to pitch in. I would not want my guest list dominated by most of my parents friends, though. 


Post # 3
214 posts
Helper bee

When we sat down to plan our wedding budget, my number one priority was including all the people we wanted to include. I wanted our wedding to be about celebrating with all the people we love, and not about getting pretty pictures or having beautiful flowers. This meant that food and alcohol was going to be our largest expense. All told, we ended up spending about $130 per guest. 70% of our budget was the venue, which provided food, alcohol and service. Another 20% was our vendors (photographer and DJ). 10% was everything else (invitations, thank you cards and postage, guest book, decor and flowers, wedding cake, rings).

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