My sister just recently got married. During the preparations, she and her then-fiancé had the same dilemma. They both agreed they wanted an intimate wedding, with 50 of their closest relatives and friends. It was a challenge, to say the least, but they were able to make the right decisions along the way, and the end result was an absolutely beautiful, deeply moving and truly joyful wedding.
To begin with, I hope you booked a venue that's just perfect for the number of guests you would like to have. This way, you can justify that you really cannot go beyond the number that you've already set.
When you send out invitations, specify the names of the ones you are inviting. If you can only invite several members of a family or of a group, I suggest you call them ahead of time and explain to them that although you would like to invite more people, your concerns with the size of your booked (and preferred) venue unfortunately limits the list of invitees. This way, once they receive the invitations, they won't need to call you and ask if they can bring the whole clan.
Marex has been a member of the Philippine Association of Wedding Planners (PAWP) since 2007. He is a member of the board of trustees, and is currently the assistant secretary.
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