Post # 1
My Fiance and I have been discussing what to do about the size of our wedding. We are paying for everything ourselves and right now our guest list is 120 people. I know that most peole might say that its a small wedding but with our very tight budget and our bills I just don’t think that it’s possible.
I would love to share our wedding day with all of our family and close friends but right now I’m starting to think about doing a wedding with our kids, our parents, our grandparents, and a few of our very close friends. This would bring our guest list down to about 40 people .
We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by not inviting them but at the same time we wanted a small wedding to begin with and due to our budget we just can’t invite everyone.
Has anyone else done this or plan on doing this for their wedding?
Post # 3
We had a small intimate wedding. 45 Invited w/ attendence of 40. Yes I wish I could have invited more of my friends and children, but our budget was 5k. Both in our 40s so we are planning additions to our family ASAP. Those who weren’t invited understood. I would definitely encourage you to go the smaller intimate wedding due to finances. We also paid everything in cash.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We loved our small wedding. It was the perfect size for really spending time with the people who mean the most to us. Yes, there were people who it would have been nice to invite. But those are the people who we only see a few times a year. We love them, but they aren’t part of our core group. The people who attended our wedding are the ones we talk to weekly, hang out with monthly, and generally form our support system. When it came time to say our vows, we could say with 100% certainty that the people in that room wiould be there, no matter what, if we ever faltered and needed support, and whenever we want to celebrate our joys as a couple.
And small weddings can be just as lovely as big ones. Here are some photos from ours http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/our-intimate-elegant-lovely-affair-teaser-pics .
Post # 5
We had a small/private wedding in our home with only immediate family present. (about 20 people – our parents, my kids, our siblings and their SO’s and their children, along with his best friend and my best friend) Afterwards, we had an open house reception and invited friends, neighbors and extended family. (about 75-100 people came through and stayed – we only expected them to stop by) Everyone talked about how they enjoyed the intimate atmosphere and the delicious homemade food. All in all we spent about $500 give or take including food, clothes, decorations, etc. I don’t know what your budget is, but you can certainly share the occasion with more people if you look into low cost alternative options.