If someone you know asks this question, it can be uncomfortable and awkward. So here are some possible answers – pick or modify which one applies to your situation:
- “We would love to invite everyone, but we have decided on a smaller gathering of close family.”
- “Our (my parent’s) budget simply won’t allow us to invite a large number of people, I’m sure you can understand.”
- “Our venue has limited space and we had to scale down our guest list.”
In some cases, you may want to invite these people over for a special dinner after the honeymoon – to give them some special attention. Or not…after all it is poor taste to put you on the spot like that.