Post # 1
My 3-year boyfriend and I have decided to just get married. This is both our second marriage and what started out as just going down to the Justice of the Peace and getting hitched has turned into a backyard, extremely low-budget wedding that are parents wanted us to have. He has 5 siblings and I have 4 and we both have a TON of cousins, aunts and uncles. However, we have decided that we can only afford about 50 guests which means IMMEDIATE FAMILY ONLY (parents, grandparents, siblings, their spouses, nieces and nephews.) Serously, if we invited everyone & few friends, it would be an EASY 300-350 guests and we simply can’t afford it.
I am so STRESSED about this because I can already hear the upset comments from our other relatives. Some relatives live in our neighborhood so having a party without inviting them would send a red flag.
I want to tell everyone we are finally taking the plunge either BEFORE it happens or even send them a wallet photo of us after the ordeal is done introducing us as Mr. & Mrs. Smith but how do I do it without hurt feelings or rubbing in their face that they weren’t invited??
P.S. Now I know why people run off to Vegas! HA!
Post # 3
I would explain to the majority of the family that due to budget, this will be an intimate affair. everyone knows weddings are pricey and hopefully they would understand.
Post # 4
Yeah, you’ll just have to be firm, decided and trust that they will understand. It helps that you won’t be allowing ANYONE from outside the immediate family because once you let one in, that opens up the floodgates.
I just saw pictures on Facebook of a friends intimate immediate family only wedding and I totally wasn’t offended at all for not being invited. If I had seen any friends, I might feel differently.
Post # 5
My cousin is in the same boat as you. Originally she just wanted just the two of them. Then she decided to add parents and siblings and their kids. Which was 50 people. Then her 3 good girlfriends got wind of the wedding plans and said she wasn’t keeping them from coming like it or not. So then that left me, her cousin and her bestfriend. How could she not invite me when they were coming? And I live down the street from her! She got really stressed out about not inviting aunts and uncles because we are all so close. I finally convinced her to do what she wanted to do. And that yes our aunts/uncles want to be apart of the festivities so why not let them host a couples shower. Which is what we are going to do for her. That way they can help celebrate the big day but it not be a strain on her wallet.
Hope this gives you some good ideas of what you can do with the family.
Post # 6
I had a small intimate wedding with only immediate family and then mine and my hubby’s CLOSEST friends and everything turned out fine. There were a lot of other close friends I would have loved to invite, but everyone understood our budget constraints and our desire for a small wedding, so no one was offended at all. After the wedding I made a nice photo card on shutterfly as our wedding announcement and sent those to everyone we wanted to invite but weren’t able to (more distant relatives and friends). Never heard a complaint or negative comment from a single person. It’s tough with family, but explain that due to your budget your wedding will only be so big, and people will understand.
Post # 7
Don’t feel bad. You have no reason to. As long as you tell people that you’re only inviting immediate family only because of budget issues, no one can judge you for that.
I would simply send out an announcement after the wedding. Because so many family members will NOT be invited, it might make them think they’re getting an invite to a wedding if they’re receiving a notice. You can simply run an annoucement in the local paper and have everyone spread the news via word-of-mouth. After, send a lovely photo card or post card saying "We tied the knot on [date] and celebrated with our immediate family with an intimate backyard reception."
Post # 8
I agree with sminerva21: don’t feel bad, because there’s no reason for you to. You are having a wedding within your means, and you simply cannot afford to invite these other people. I would send out marriage announcements, and if people ask, I would tell them that due to "budget constraints" you had a "simple, intimate ceremony" with "immediate family only" to "make everything legal". You could go about it a la Miss Mary Jane and stress that you were "making it all legal", but didn’t want to just waltz into the courthouse (this may work better if you’re having a religious officiant, because a marriage at City Hall would of course be secular).
Post # 9
Congratulations! And glad to meet another encore bride!
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You could do a romantic backyard wedding and have a tent or just string up lights and lanterns. Fiftyflowers and proflowers.com has awesome wedding flower prices as well as brides here who swear by Costco!
I know my local Publix stores makes temping cakes and I actually saw one of their wedding cakes (covered in fondant) a few weeks ago and it was absolutely gorgeous (and I know it tasted good).
One last idea..why not have a super small wedding at say a beach and just have a dinner reception? You could maybe even cut the list down further by doing that? That way it’s a destination wedding (quiet wedding) and many don’t get offended if you make it look as if you "ran off" and did the deed!!! That’s how I’d play it anyway.
I think it’s awesome to be within a budget. A wedding is one day. A MARRIAGE is the rest of your life! Investing wisely is my take on things!
Post # 10
One thing you would do is not share all of the details with people who are not invited, that would be asking for trouble if they might possibly show up. I have been married more than once and even when I was planning a private destination wedding a friend of mine threatened to go to Jamaica and be there….. so I never gave up the details, problem solved.
Post # 11
I’m trying to view this the best way I can, as it would unfold in my family. It’s kind of expected in my family, that everyone invites the whole famiy to the weddings. However, if someone is remarrying, it tends to be more understood if they just do something low key. Since this is a second marriage for both of you, are you sure your extended family will be so hard?