Post # 1
We sent out our invitations this week, and as people have begun receiving them I’ve been asked several times “how many people are invited?”.
We thought very carefully about each and every person on our list, and there are only about 8 people who we “had” to invite for various reasons that might otherwise not have made the cut.
There are 319 guests on our list. A couple people have seemed to be surprised,mentioning that this sounds like a lot of people.
We are having the wedding at a great venue and hosting an outdoor tented reception at our home. One of the reasons for that was so that we weren’t limited to the number of guests we could invite.
I know some people prefer small intimate occasions, but my future hubby and I wanted to be able to share this day with as many people that we could without having to leave anyone important out. (I should also mention that we both have BIG, and very close families!)
I’m not put off by their reactions, but I’m just curious – whats a “really big” guest list # in your opinion?
Post # 3
300+ would be big to me. Mine was considered small at just 140. Most weddings I’ve been to were 300-400, and one was 700 guests!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Under 75 is “small”, 76-125 is “average”, 126-200 is “big”, and 201+ gives me a stomach ache just thinking about it. I could not stand to be around that many people at a party. My social anxiety would be through the roof, even as a guest.
Edit: We invited 35 people.
Post # 5
I think I consider anything over 200 to be “big.” Our guest list has approximately 170 on it right now and I’m hoping attendance is closer to 150, especially considering about 40 of the people on our list are FMIL’s friends that I’ve never even met…
Post # 7
Over 300 is probably what I consider “big”. But big absolutely does NOT equal bad. Or impersonal. If we were to invite all the tiers of people on our list we would be over 300. We’ll probably be 200-300 by the end. We also decided to do a backyard wedding, in part so we can invite who we want. Don’t stress if people think your wedding is “big”. It’s just one facet of your wedding. And you had a reason you wanted it that way. While I love the idea of an intimate ceremony with everyone holding hands on a mountain, or something, in the end the most important thing to me is sharing this important day with everyone that I love.
Post # 8
@lovekiss: I agree. I want a (very) small one.
Post # 9
I think that counts as a big wedding! We have 70 people coming and I still feel like that’s 25 too many.
EDIT: …25 too many for me. If 300 people is what makes you happy, I’m glad you were able to invite them all!
Post # 10
Wow, I answered the poll wrong. Didn’t read the question, thought I was answering the thread title!
My wedding was under 100 (barely) and my idea of a big wedding is over 300.
Post # 11
319 is HUGGGGGE to me.
We had 67 people at our wedding, not including us, and it still felt like a lot of people. You can’t even talk to 319 people over the course of your wedding day!
Post # 12
Getting over 150 or so. I’d say right around 100 is probably average 75-125, anything under 75 or so I’d consider small. Once you get to 200 I’d say that’s very large.
Post # 13
OMG Your wedding is not considred BIG but VERY BIG in my opinion. I’d say 150 is considered big.
Post # 14
For me over 150 would be BIG. I’m not sure we even know that many people!!
Post # 15
I would call anything over 100 big (we are inviting 36 people) but I know I am biased because we have very small families
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
Over 150 would be big to me (: but I know a girl having 600 + people and she doesn’t think that’s big, so it’s definitely all relative.