We want to have an adults only reception.
Let me elaborate, this was not a decision we came to lightly. We actually decided to SLASH our guest list to help maximize our budget. Our original dream was to have 100 people. Not uber big by any means. But, that was our game plan. Then, we realized that the biggest chunk of money was catering costs. So there went the 100 people. And we downsized to 50. If you knew me or Melvin, you might ask, "How in the world are you going to have just 50 people? Are you sniffing glue!" Because, we unfortunately have a lot of people we love that we can't see not having at our wedding. Eerrr.
We've done a few things to make a 50 person guest list possible. First things first: children. I think if you are going to invite one, you must invite them all. Well several of our close friends have children. And not just one, several. Well that could be anywhere from 5-9 kiddos. And the last thing we want to do is to offend them, or make them feel like we don't love their little ones [sidenote: we do. and i'm a picky kid liker.]. But if it means having to cut our grown up friends or family in order to not grossly exceed the guest list budget, we had to step up and make the decision to keep it adults only.
[btw- we're already at our OVER max. 65 people]
So yeah, that's the deal. Adults only is what we want. But how do we get it, without stepping on any toes? Hurting any feelings? And crippling our budget?
Any ideas on how to get the word out, from some brides who are going through the same thing?