Your wedding day is one of the most important and memorable days of your life. From the perfect dress to the beautiful decor, every detail should be just right. However, before you can even start thinking about the details (including who to invite, more on that here), you need to figure out one important factor: the number of people on the guest list.
Deciding how many people to invite to your wedding can be a challenging task. You want to share your special day with as many people as possible, but you also need to consider budget constraints and venue capacity. Below you'll find the pros and cons of inviting different numbers of guests, including microweddings and elopements, so you can make an informed decision.
Small and Intimate Weddings (0-50 Guests)
An intimate wedding is a small, private affair that typically includes only the couple or their closest family and friends. This type of wedding is perfect for couples who prefer a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere, want to just focus on getting married, and/or for those who want to save money. There are two main types of small and intimate weddings: elopements and microweddings.
Elopement (0-20 Guests*)
An elopement is a private, intimate ceremony that usually involves only the couple and an officiant. It can take place in a variety of locations, from a courthouse to a mountaintop, and is perfect for couples who want to focus on each other and skip the stress and expense of a traditional wedding.
- You'll have an incredibly intimate and personal experience with your partner.
- You can save a significant amount of money by skipping the traditional wedding expenses.
- You can choose any location you desire, even if it's outside the norm.
- You may hear from friends and family who are not invited (and it's up to you on how you want to manage that - or not!)
- You may miss out on the opportunity to celebrate with certain loved ones.
- You'll have to make sure the location and any necessary legalities are in order.
*The number of guests that make up an elopement will differ depending on who you ask or what vendor package you're selecting. To learn what an elopement is (both in the traditional sense and more modern day applications), read more here. And if you want to have your elopement ceremony script feel personal to you, sign up here.
Microwedding (20-50 Guests)
A microwedding is a small wedding that typically includes only the couple's closest family and friends. Microweddings are becoming increasingly popular as couples look for ways to have a meaningful wedding while keeping the guest list small.
- You'll have a more personal and meaningful experience with your loved ones.
- You can still have some of the traditional wedding elements, like a reception and dinner, without breaking the bank.
- You'll have more time to spend with each guest.
- Similar to an elopement, you may hear from friends and family who are not invited (and it's up to you on how you want to manage that - or not!)
- You may have to make difficult decisions about who to invite, especially if you have a large family or friend group.
- You may miss out on the opportunity to celebrate with certain friends and more distant relatives.
Medium-Sized Wedding (50-150 Guests)
A medium-sized wedding is the most common type of wedding. It includes a decent number of guests, but not too many that it becomes unmanageable.
- You can still maintain an intimate atmosphere while celebrating with more people.
- You have the opportunity to include friends and family members you may not see often.
- You have more flexibility in terms of venue and catering options.
- It can be more expensive than an intimate wedding.
- You may have less time to spend with each guest.
- You may still have to make difficult decisions about who to invite, especially if you have a large family or friend group.
Large Wedding (150+ Guests)
A large wedding is a grand celebration that includes a large number of guests. This type of wedding is perfect for couples who don't want to (or don't have to) make as many cuts to the wedding wedding list.
- You have the opportunity to celebrate with all of your friends and family members.
- You can create a lively and energetic atmosphere.
- You can avoid more tough conversations (with your family, your partner, or their family) of where to cut
- It can be extremely expensive, especially when it comes to venue, catering, and decorations.
- You may have less time to spend with each guest
- You may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of guests if it gets too big.
Deciding how many people to invite to your wedding is a personal decision that should be based on your preferences, budget, and venue capacity. Each option has its pros and cons, so it's important to carefully consider your options before making a decision.
At Provenance, we understand how important it is to create a personalized and meaningful wedding ceremony that reflects your unique relationship. No matter the size of your wedding, our digital Ceremony Designer, Vow Builder, and Toast Builder can help you create the perfect ceremony, vows, and toasts that truly capture the essence of your love story. Sign up today at Provenance.co to start designing your dream wedding ceremony.