Ask The Celebration Advisor: I have a few wedding guests that I would like to invite to the ceremony but not to the reception. We have a 250 person guest list but our reception hall only holds 175. Is it ok to invite some to the ceremony but not the reception? ~ Ella Marie in San Jose CA
The Celebration Advisor: Honestly, it's not a good idea. You won't get scolded by the wedding etiquette gods, but you may burn a few bridges with friends. To prevent any hurt feelings, wedding etiquette dictates that you should avoid this if at all possible. One solution is to find a bigger reception hall in San Jose or near there. Another solution is to narrow the guest list to the 175 most essential people. Since this will definitely hurt feelings, my best advice is to opt for a large reception hall. Otherwise, you'll have a lot of offended people to deal with after the honeymoon and who wants that?