Hello I'm new here!
I'm trying to plan my guestlist and I'm struggling with it at the moment. We are having a small ceremony, the venue allows a maximum of 50 people, so we've allowed ourselves 20 people each, plus our children, and this leaves us with 8 spare just in case we think of anyone else. (I should add we are nowhere near actually sending invites yet this is purely us writing a list)
My problem is about 12 of my guests have significant others, who I know but wouldn't consider myself friends with. I am happy for them to come along to the reception, which is in a different room at the same venue, but am I being unreasonable in not inviting them to the ceremony, especially seeing as almost all of them would probably be arriving with their other halves. I really like the idea of our ceremony being just immediate family and best friends, without partners whom I don't know very well. And with the venue capacity, that's pretty much all I can fit in, but I don't want to be causing issues by not inviting partners. Do I need to have a rethink and invite both halves of couples together?