::Beyond Your Guest List::
If you are trying to keep your wedding small, or you have a very large family, you will likely not be able to invite people that are still very special to you. Instead of ignoring their lack of an invite at the next family reunion, consider creative ways to include them. Here are some ideas:
- Have a "no gift" party. Whether your new mother-in-law wants you to meet her Bible study friends or you host your own dinner party for friends, this is a great way to meet people and celebrate. This also gives them more undivided time than just a 30 second hello on your wedding day.
- Send out "wedding announcements" after your big day. It will show your friends and family that you care even though you needed to keep your wedding small.
- Create a book of marital advice. Ask those friends that cannot be there for words of wisdom and compile it in a book before your wedding day. This will let them know you value your opinion and want them in your life beyond just the one day.
Most importantly, talk to your friends and family if you think they might be disappointed. Most people will be understanding, and hearing it from you is a lot better than just not getting an invitation in the mail. After all, there may only be hurt feelings because they wanted to celebrate with you!