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My guest list is too big for my venue. What do I do?

My fiance and I are very excited for our upcoming wedding in October. We’ve booked a beautiful venue for our ceremony and reception, and the ceremony space accommodates 75-80 guests – which is exactly the size wedding we have always wanted. Unfortunately, the guest list has ballooned since we made our initial guest list and booked the venue, largely with extended family that we “have to” invite. The guest list is now at 110, which is fine for the reception, but what do I do for the ceremony? We don’t want to go outside (it’s October…it could rain!!), but I can’t make the venue bigger! Is it okay to provide 80 chairs and have them be first come, first-served (with the obvious reserved seats for family, disabled guests, pregnant women, etc.)? We will have ushers who can help with seating, I’m just concerned that we’ll have 30 people standing around and angry during our 20 minute ceremony. What do I do? Do I mention on the wedding website that there will be limited seating due to the venue size? Is it even worth worrying about?  Sarah, San Diego

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Can I use plastic utensils?

Would it be tacky to choose a plastic-ware option for our reception dinner? We could afford much more food if we went with plastic-ware vs. full china but I don’t want people to think that we are cheap either. What do you think?   Cailtin, Kansas

Can we prevent family from ruining a wedding?

I am a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding and she has lost the excitement for her wedding because of the parents…all of the parents. They all ‘hate’ each other and refuse to attend if so and so attends, etc. It is a disaster and … View Answer