For those who come from a large family, cutting down your guest list for a small wedding may seem difficult. From having great communication with your partner to including everyone in a larger reception after the wedding, here are some of our best tips for planning a small wedding with a big family:
Talk With Your Partner
Before planning any major parts of your wedding or starting a guest list, we recommend chatting with your partner so you know that you’re both on the same page about the size of your wedding. Be sure to clarify important details such as your maximum number of guests you both want, if extended family will be invited and any friends, coworkers, etc. This will help you both have a smooth planning process without any confusion.
Host a Destination Wedding
While a destination wedding isn’t really possible right now, it’s a great option if you’re planning a wedding for the next year or beyond. A destination wedding is a simple and effective way to slim down your guest list due to the time commitment and finances of a trip so only those who are closest to you will be there for your wedding day.
One easy way to keep your guest list from exploding with a larger family is to limit your guests’ plus-ones. Depending on your list, you can consider allowing a plus-one only for guests who are in long-term relationships or even consider stating that only adults over the age of 18 are invited. While some family members may be upset if they can’t bring their children, just remind yourself that this is your special day and it’s okay if you need to limit your guest list.
Plan a Larger Reception
You can always reserve your wedding ceremony for just your closest family and friends, and follow it with a larger reception a few days later (or after your honeymoon) so everyone can attend. This gives your extended family that didn’t snag a wedding invite a chance to congratulate you and your partner, while your whole family can celebrate together as well.
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