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    • JWilde84
      CommentAuthorJWilde84
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    I need some help/motivation/hugs

    I'm feeling a bit down about the whole wedding thing. I got engaged in June and we have found our ideal venue on the lakes, which is provisionally booked, for 2 weeks, until we get our deposit in.

    We are only wanting a small intimate wedding of 25-30 guests and they have a wonderful room which is exactly what we want.
    Feeling really deflated as my Dad says we should invite the rest of the family (uncles, aunties, cousins, you name it) which is an extra like 40-50 people. Just because they will feel put out of they aren't invited. He is footing the bill...

    My thought is, that it’s our wedding, not everyone else's ‘party’. It is what we want… not what we are expected to do. So what if they feel put out. I said they could maybe come to an evening do, however, We're getting married on a Sunday in the Lakes and he said it’s too far to ask people to drive 2 hours to the Lakes for an evening do on a Sunday night.

    Yeah… so just feeling a bit peeved about the whole thing and wondered what’s best? This should be a happy time and it’s not feeling that way at the moment. Should I have a small party when we get back… but that is at more expense! Fob them off, of just sod the whole thing and go to Vegas!?!?!
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    • ErinP42
      CommentAuthorErinP42
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    Big hugs! It can be hard to balance everything ou. Question is are you close with these people or would you only be inviting because you had to, also who is paying you or your dad? If your paying and your not overly close to them and have found the place that is perfect then do what you want!
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    • Sarah D
      CommentAuthorSarah D
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    Its your and H2B's day so you do what you want, don't let anyone get involved or ruin your dream, even if they are paying that doesn't entitle them to a say in your day! xx

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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    It's not really fair of your Dad to pressure you to have lots of people. You should be able to do it the way you want. However if he is contributing then you do need to at least listen to him. Maybe you could ask your Dad why he wants them there. If he genuinely wants his wider family to see his daughter get married then maybe there is a compromise, but if he is just worried about their feelings then it really needs to be your call. Perhaps an evening do invitation, with a note explaining that the room can only seat so many people, would help. Maybe there's even a way of setting up a screen so that they can watch it elsewhere. Or maybe you could have a bigger renewal of vows or blessing of some kind after your honeymoon to invite everyone else to.

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    • JWilde84
      CommentAuthorJWilde84
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    Thanks guys,

    I am not that close to them, its my dads family and I see them once a year, if that!

    He is paying, but I only wanted the people that mean the most to us?.... watch this space!
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    • Sarah D
      CommentAuthorSarah D
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    You should sit him down and tell him that and explain that although he's paying that doesn't give him a say xx

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    • Sam G 2b May 2016
      CommentAuthorSam G 2b May 2016
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    I understand how you feel, we have close family of around 35-40 and are just inviting them to the daytime but we do have a much bigger extended family and most of those (like my parent's aunties and uncles who I never see) aren't even getting an evening invite xx
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    • Emily17
      CommentAuthorEmily17
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    I would just talk to him and say we really want a small wedding, hardly see them and just talk it our properly between the 3 of you.

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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    I understand completely where you are coming from, we only want people who we are especially close to at our wedding too, but we are inviting those from our wider family and friends to the evening. There are a few people who are family but who we don't want to invite to the day (uncles, aunties, grandparent's neighbours who seem to get invited to every single family event...?!), and we are expecting a few people to put pressure on us to invite them. My mum and dad are picking up the venue bill so it's not as if we can even use the excuse we don't want to pay for people who we don't want there which makes it harder. But you deserve to be able to have your day exactly how you want with no questions asked xx

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    • Glitterfairy
      CommentAuthorGlitterfairy
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    This really annoys me when others tell you how to have your wedding. At the end of the day, it is your day, it's how you want it end of. Go with what you want, if those that are not attending are worthy of being anything they will understand.

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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    Is there a limit on space in the room? Perhaps you can explain that you really have your heart set on that room, and you can't fit the whole family in. I was reluctant to invite my Dad's brothers as I barely know them, but Mum pointed out that for one thing I couldn't really invite her sister and not Dad's brothers, and for another she was 100% sure that they wouldn't come. She turned out to be right, I think only one of them even replied.

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    • Velcro
      CommentAuthorVelcro
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Aug 4th 2015
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    we traveled all the way to wales from manchester just for an evening do! if people want to come they will make the effort.

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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Aug 5th 2015
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    I travelled from Dundee to Gosport for an evening reception and made a holiday out of it. I also have a friend and her family coming from Ireland for evening.

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    • JWilde84
      CommentAuthorJWilde84
      Posted: Aug 5th 2015
     
    Thanks so much for your help girls!!!

    I have compromised with my Dad and I am having the small wedding we want.
    He said we can another evening do at the local pub the week after for every man and his dog! and he's happy with that!

    Fingers crossed and happy planning! xx
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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Aug 5th 2015
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    Great news that you've sorted it. Hopefully everyone can enjoy the celebrations then.

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    • Emily17
      CommentAuthorEmily17
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Aug 5th 2015
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    That's a good compromise. get to wear your dress twice too :)

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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Aug 5th 2015
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    Sounds like a fair enough compromise, and you get to celebrate twice so that's a bonus!! Glad you've sorted something you're happy with xx

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    • Velcro
      CommentAuthorVelcro
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Aug 5th 2015
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    great to hear you have sorted it :) xxx

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    • MrsThomson2B
      CommentAuthorMrsThomson2B
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Aug 5th 2015
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    this is the reason I refused money from the in laws to help pay for the wedding. I didn't want any well we paid for this so you need to invite this person or you need to hold it etc. Realistically if you are happy to allow your dad to pay for your wedding you have to give him something. COmpromise, tell him you will meet him half way. tell him he can have all or some of his guest but the wedding will be on the sunday. you will have plenty of time to send STDs a year before and people have plenty f time to arrange a day off work. Im having a monday wedding in the city we live and all of our family and friends are 60 miles away. Guess whatthey all love us enough to come and see us get married xx
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Aug 5th 2015
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    Glad you've managed to get it sorted out.

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    • JoanneW588
      CommentAuthorJoanneW588
      Posted: Aug 5th 2015
     
    We were having the same problem. We always wanted a small intimate wedding and we found our perfect venue which can hold 28 for formal dining or up to 40 for informal seating. This sounded perfect to us for just our immediate families, brothers, sisters, nieces + nephews etc. I have a really big family who I hardly ever see and rarely keep in contact with because we're just not close but my mum still wanted them to be invited to some sort of celebration for our wedding because all my cousins have had big weddings with everyone invited. We've discussed it and decided that we should have our perfect small wedding and are then going to have an informal celebration with the rest of the family either in the form of a big bbq at my parents house or in the wee country pub down the road when we get back from our honeymoon. :)
 
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