Hi my Vegas peeps,
I have posted before about our small guest list and the fact that it has irked some of FIs extended family. This extended family consists of FFILs brothers and sisters and their kids. We see them maybe 2x per year, meaning I have met them each less than 5 times in the years FI and I have been together. This is partially because they are scattered across the country.
When we were tying to cut down the list, it was my FFIL who suggested we cut them and that he would host a BBQ (NOT a reception!) next summer and invite them all so we can catch up. FWIW, we did not invite ANY uncles or cousins, only immediate family and friends.
FIs uncle sent him a Facebook message nastygram about not being invited to the wedding a few months ago. We dealt with it the best we could.
Now, fast forward...
We are attending FIs cousin's wedding this weekend (think I've met her 3 times, seriously). We will be seeing the part of the family that was not invited to our wedding for the first time since our engagement. I know we are going to be ambushed with questions about the wedding and I'm not sure what to say to these people. Most of them know they aren't invited. The truth is, we are on a limited budget and, as mean as this sounds, there are people who are more significant in our lives that we want to have at the wedding. We would both rather party it up in Vegas splendor with our closest friends, not Aunt Sally who we barely know. This is the cold hard truth. We also like the idea of having a small group for logistical reasons.
So, any advice for us on how to deal with some possibly awkward situations? Thank you!