Photo: Julian Kanz Photography
There's a whole lot to love about big weddings and more love to go around, no doubt. But is the more the merrier the right approach for you and your big day? Let's find out! Before you say yes to 200+ guests, take these 5 factors into consideration first.
1. You'll have to make sacrifices in other areas
Sometimes having a large guest list means you actually have a lower key reception to compensate for the huge cost, points out wedding planner Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques. "More guests may translate to fewer bar options, a DJ in place of a live band or candles used as centerpieces instead of flowers." She recommends running the cost-per-person numbers prior to verbally inviting everyone and their mother. "This way, you know exactly how much you're committing yourself to spend."
2. They're an introvert's worst nightmare
If you hate small talk, beware of a big wedding! There really is no time to sit and chat with anyone near and dear to you because you're so busy greeting all your guests, cautions celebrity caterer and CEO of Elegant Affairs Andrea Correale. "Your wedding day makes you feel like a celebrity who's trying to reach out to everyone. Before you realize it your evening has turned into a ton of hugs and handshakes as opposed to simply being in the moment."
3. Your venue options will likely be limited
Dream venue or the guest list of your dreams? You may have to choose between the two. Sad but true, ladies. "Most venues will accept between 100-200 guests, anything past that number often leaves you stuck in the typical hotel catering though," says Correale. Inquire about the max occupancy of your top choice before booking.
4. You'll probs have to invite people you'd rather not
Let's be real, it's a lot easier to leave out your crazy Aunt Sue and her kids when your guest list isn't the size of a celebrity wedding. The bigger it is, the harder it can be to draw the line somewhere without offending someone, believe it or not. Until you've thought through how many tiers of your family you'd like to invite, don't share any wedding deets, advises Malone.
5. It can be tough to regulate temps in non-traditional spaces
Have your heart set on a barn wedding? Although not a deal breaker, you will want to check that your venue has proper cooling and/or heating for your estimated guest count, urges The Chosen Few member Anthony Taccetta of Taccetta Event Design. "Oftentimes, such venues can get to an uncomfortable temperature once all the guests, staff, catering and lighting all come into play."