Post # 1
We just sat down for the first time to try to make a guest list (if we do decide to have a full ceremony and reception) and wow. We’re struggling to think of 40 people we’d like to be there. I dont know how you guys with 60+ guests do it. Especially those of you with over 100 guests. Do you really know that many people closely? Or do you just invite every family member and acquainance you have and hope they’ll come?
Maybe we’re both just even more of loners than we thought we were. Neither of us have big families, and I dont even talk to most of mine. And friends? I think I have maybe 5 of those. XD
Oh well, less guests = less money to spend on them! 😀
Post # 3
I feel ya! We could only think of 12 people we wanted at the wedding. But we also decided we didnt want to invite family members we havnt spoken to in over a year, and neither of us have a big family so that cut down the list alot as well. I feel like it will be more fun and personal with our small guest list 🙂
Post # 4
People we want to be there: 24
People that HAVE to be there: 186
Pretty sure there is a Destination Wedding in our future
Post # 5
My Fiance and I are more introverts as well. We have some very close friends (who have SOs), but not huge amounts of friends. We’re having around 60 people, and including our close friends, immediate family, aunts and uncles, and all SOs. No kids and no cousins. If we included kids and cousins, we could easily have 150 people! I think a smaller wedding suits us just fine.
The monetary aspect of it is nice : )
Post # 6
I’m glad I’m not the only one that felt this way.
Post # 7
I have a very large family, so I have a feeling we’re going to struggle with keeping the guest list as small as I would like it unfortunately. Wah.
Post # 8
@allyfally: I so wish I had your problem… My family alone (just including my parents siblings, Fi’s siblings, spouses of the previous, and grandparents) comes to 53 people.. and that’s not including my gazillion cousins that I had to cut from my wedding. Fiance and I had to struggle to narrow down to 15 friends a piece (which is hard when they’re all married!!!)
Post # 9
@imalittlebirdie: omg that’s how I feel!!!!!!!
Post # 10
I have a large family that I am close to. We are that kind of family that has huge get-togethers to celebrate every birthday and holiday. So that takes up a lot of the guest list. Plus my parents are giving us a substantial amount so we wanted them to invite their friends. And I’m inviting coworkers (with guests). It adds up pretty quickly.
But I can tell you that every single person we are inviting is someone that we want to be at our wedding. (Even my parents friends because I grew up with them and their children so they are more like family friends.)
Post # 11
I think some of it comes down to how selective you want to be. We are going to end up at about 90 guests, mostly friends/very little family as I’m not particularly close to my extended family, and my fi’s extended family would have to travel Internationally to join us…. but we could easily have run the guest list up to 200 if we had wanted to, with “lesser” friends and a big group of cousins and aunts and uncles that I’ve not seen in 20 years.
Post # 12
We felt like that at first, but as time passed there were more and more people that we wanted to celebrate with.
Post # 13
our guest list is about 50 but probably 85% of that is family. I have about a billion acquaintances/not so close friends but very few close friends. I love all of my “friends” but that doesn’t mean I find them close enough to invite to my wedding. I feel like a loner a lot when it comes to people I would really consider sharing this special day with because I feel like our guest list is going to go down below that 50 mark. I wouldn’t want a bunch of people at our wedding who didn’t want to be there or were only there for the free food. I want to share it with the people who are genuinely happy for us and excited to share this time in our life with us. For us that isn’t a very large number, Fiance had to struggle to find 2 groomsmen aside from his best man. I think in the end having only the people that are close to you will make it much more special.
Post # 14
Invite who you want there, no matter what the ending size result will be.
Post # 15
I have about 4 close friends (one of which is also one of my FI’s close friends) and Fiance has about the same; we have maybe 10 (combined) other friends. We’re having, at most if *every* friend can come to our wedding (which is a Destination Wedding for all mine), 20 guests. That’s including our daughter and our immediate families.
We both have enormous families, but I don’t speak to most of mine; we’re intentionally getting married away from where I live currently because all of FI’s 100+ relatives live here and would expect an invite. We’re both very private people and we’re grad students – we’re doing this thing as small as we can while still having a party. Sometimes I feel a little sad that we don’t have all these close friends to party with, but on the flipside, I can get a small, nice venue, delicious food, and don’t have to break our very tiny budget. It’s a pretty sweet deal 😉
Post # 16
We had 60 at our wedding 11 years ago and the older we get, the less people we really want to see/hang out with. I love intimate weddings and I’m sure yours will be perfect!!!