Whose decision is it?
Like anything related to your nuptials, the answer is down to what is right for you. If you have a large and close-knit family, you may not feel that you have much say – particularly if your parents are funding the wedding. This is a tricky issue that requires careful handling, and it could also be affected by your budget.
Communication is key
If you want to avoid family fallouts, it’s wise to make sure that everyone who feels they should have a say gets the chance to air their views. Make a start with just the two of you. Do you both have the same ideas? If not, you might have to reach a mutual agreement before taking the matter to family members.
A simple split
One way to approach this question could be to simply go half and half. Both of you could invite 50 guests each for a total of 100, and so on. Is this fair, though? If one has a big family and one small, it may not be so. American etiquette expert Martha Stewart reckons that each set of parents should invite around a quarter of the guests each, but there’s no need to embrace this idea (or any others)- unless it’s right for you, your families and your friends.
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