What Size Wedding?

Weddings in Mexico are huge, and they are looong. In the last 10 years I’ve been in at least 15 weddings. (Yes, most of our friends are already married.) The smaller ones had between 150 and 180 guests, and the biggest had more than 700 guests.

I never really thought of what size wedding I wanted, but I knew I wanted to have all of my and Mr. Weather’s friends and most of our family. But I also wanted everyone to have a good time, so we are letting our parents invite whatever friends they like. This is a celebration, a part-eeehh! Everyone should have fun! But still we didn’t wanted this wedding to get out of control.

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List making is fun. / Image via Organize My Hive

So we started sketching our wedding list. Besides our friends, family, and our parents’ guests, we added some of Mr. Weather’s coworkers to the mix (sadly I don’t have any coworkers) and some random people we also want to celebrate with. After writing down all the names, we had a total of 298 guests. Not bad. We are thinking that of all the invited, about 20%  won’t come, so maybe the total number of guests will be around 250.

By Mexican standards, our wedding will be on the smallish side, but I think it is a pretty good number. I am just hoping that I can talk to all of our guests, at least once, during the night.

How did your guest list making go? Was it hard? Did you have to compromise?

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Mrs. Weather Vane

Birthday:
June 27
Location:
Mexico City
Wedding Date:
March 2014
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  1. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:45 pm

    Wow, my parents probably would have been happy with a larger guestlist, but I’m getting stressed just thinking about it! We had 150 people in the end, and it was perfect!

  2. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 68 posts, Worker bee @ 4:40 am

    250 is small for a Mexican wedding? Must be some kind of party! We’re inviting about 200 and hope to end up with around 150, and even that seems like a lot for me.

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    Sofi, Guest @ 5:27 am

    Just remember that Mexican weddings come with 30% non attendance. Calculate acordingly.. Kids get sick… Car accident….
    My husband is from france so he had 2 large tables around 33 guests. I had 300 by mexican standarts totally normal.
    Best of luck!!!@Pingwing: in Mexico it is not about inviting everyone you know it just families are closer and BIGGER. For exemple on my Moms side we are 15 first cousins… 13 are in a serious relationship or married… So that makes 30 guests…. Lets say aunts 7 plus their husbands…. Grandparents etc etc… It is a cultural thing.

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    bbfyso 893 posts, Busy bee @ 5:30 am

    Just remember that Mexican weddings come with 30% non attendance. Calculate acordingly.. Kids get sick… Car accident….
    My husband is from france so he had 2 large tables around 33 guests. I had 300 by mexican standarts totally normal.
    Best of luck!!

    in Mexico it is not about inviting everyone you know it just families are closer and BIGGER. For exemple on my Moms side we are 15 first cousins… 13 are in a serious relationship or married… So that makes 30 guests…. Lets say aunts 7 plus their husbands…. Grandparents etc etc… It is a cultural thing.@Pingwing:

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 5:43 am

    We had a 200 people list and had to leave a lot of people out :/
    That was a bummer specially since a lot of people who did confirm attendance didn’t show up… I know it’s silly but I still get a little angry when I think about that LOL… and it’s been over three years!

    Anyway, I need to let it go.

  6. weathervane Member
    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:25 am

    @havfrue: Hola! Exactly! Imagine if all the family and friends of your groom came! Where are you getting married?

    @Pingwing: It definitely is a cultural thing. I don’t feel that we are inviting everyone I know, or it would have been a bigger wedding. We are actually inviting people we care about, even the guests from my parents are friends that I’ve known for over 20 years! And I know each and everyone of them.

    @catwoman1701: ,@catwoman1701: Actually, I believe that 60 is a great number! You will be able to talk to everyone, quality talk, and still there will be enough people dancing and mingling. Good luck ladies!

    @Andria | Tahoe Unveiled: That does sound lovely! <3

    @Miss Wellies: I want to read your recaps! That is why I was so excited to become a blogger, look at all the different types of weddings there are! :)

    @tjgonzo: I know!! Big families are an issue, specially if all your aunts and uncles come with all their families!! Your wedding will be so much fun!!

    @Mrs. Gondola: Smallish! :)

    @canarydiamond: Oh! I hope I can manage!! Wish me luck!

    @Future_Mrs_Amato: That sounds like a good compromise! Good luck with your planning! Keep me posted at how it turns!

    @Mrs. Waterfall: Oh Mrs. Cascada! I hope I can manage the stress that day… so far I’ve been easy-breezy, I hope to keep it that way!!

    @Miss Filly: Yes, smallish wedding :)

    @bbfyso: Yes! I hope that from the 300 guests only about 250 will come… we’ll see how that turns out! I’ll keep you posted.
    And you are exactly right. In México is about family and close friends, all with their plus ones, so the numbers add up quickly!

    @cosmo_gmr: I know! My married friends are still upset of some of the people that had confirmed and didn’t show!! I would be upset also!! Specially if, as you said, someone else was left out because of that… I’m glad you wrote. I was wondering about the size of the weddings on other countries in Latin America… I guess they are also on the bigger side! :)

  7. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:45 am

    That’s a lot of people, but I’m glad that it’s right where you are comfortable! I like big weddings when you have a big party going on!
    We’re finalizing now and I’m just trying to keep that in mind as the final number keeps getting bigger…

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    havfrue 141 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:28 pm

    @Miss Weather Vane: Well, even if they did, they’re just a much smaller group. I’ll be getting married in Baja California – but live in the SF Bay Area – so Mom’s doiing most of it!

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