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Would You Want a Small or Large Wedding?

Would You Want a Small or Large Wedding?

This week we've chatted all about the wedding guest lists — from the VIPs in the wedding party to the distant acquaintances we might reluctantly trim from an overflowing list. When it comes to size, some couples imagine throwing a grand party that everyone's invited to. And in some cultures, the bride and groom don't have much of a choice as their families expect them to invite every extended family member and family friend.

Yet a smaller wedding can mean a smaller bill, fewer headaches, and more time to spend with each guest. Actors Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen enjoyed a tiny wedding last month and wrote absents friends and family this email upon their return: "We did it — we're married! It was the absolute best day of my life and in so many beautiful moments I missed you all so much . . . I thought of you as everything was happening, but Sacha and I wanted no fuss — just us!" Do you like the appeal of a no-fuss small wedding, or would you want as many of your friends and family to celebrate with you as possible?
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spunkyk77 spunkyk77 6 years
We're having about 80-90 perfect...its in 7 weeks YOWZA!!!
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
idanceinmycar - I think the best thing you can say is "We've decided to have a really small and low key wedding with my close friends and immediate family only." It's rude for people to automatically assume anyway. My cousin was recently married and kept it really small, didn't invite the cousins he wasn't close with. He pretty much didn't tell anyone about it unless they were people who were invited.
idanceinmycar idanceinmycar 6 years
To all the already marrieds who had small (around less than 50) weddings, how did you handle telling the people you didn't invite to the wedding? Anything else besides the Sacha/Isla idea?I want a really really really small wedding, but with a big extended family, what idk what to them so as not to offend them.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 6 years
If my boyfriend and I got married I'd love to have a small wedding. I have quite a big extended family so I don't know if I'll get my wish, but I'd rather spend the money spoiling the closest people in our lives.
ella1978 ella1978 6 years
Large for me. I love a big party... it's the biggest we'll ever throw!
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
We have a pretty large family so I want a large one.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I'm with #9, small ceremony, big reception.
elizabelle elizabelle 6 years
we went small with 25 guests. It was perfect. :)
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Then I'm going to have to say big wedding, only because I'm planning for 100-125. I think it's more of a medium, but that's not an option. :)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
@dana - I don't know what other people consider big/small, but to me the line would probably be around 100.
opentypeA opentypeA 6 years
When I was a kid I wanted a BIG wedding, but now that I'm older and understand the logistics of planning (and paying!), a medium-sized wedding sounds pretty good.
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
My family is big so we had almost 200 guests but if I could do it all over again I'd take our immediate family and friends on vacation and have a destination wedding.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
Small. Only the people I know and would care to celebrate the moment. A wedding that is peaceful yet joyous with a good dose of fun thrown in. With only those who matter and take part in my life.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
Small, we had 25 at our wedding. It was just the right size.
kellelilly kellelilly 6 years
Without question, small, small, small! When my husband and i got married, including us, there were only 9 people at our wedding & reception... And it was ABSOLUTE HEAVEN. No forced awkward moments conversing with people you don't know. Everyone could talk to each other, and we had an 8 course dinner (including a special kid friendly version for my 2 nieces). I go to big weddings now, and truly feel that it is such a waste of resources. Small is absolutely the way to go.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
There should be an in between option. And what's the small/large cutoff?
Ac2366 Ac2366 6 years
I only want people that the groom and I know at our wedding. My fathers side of the family is large so I don't know if you could call the wedding small but it would still be family and friends.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
I had 100 guests at my wedding. So, that's medium, right?
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
Small. I'm not a big party person, and I will rather for it to be intimate. As long as I have my mom and brother at my wedding that will be enough for me.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 6 years
If me and the bf got married I would want a small wedding.
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