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I come from a rather small family. Neither of my parents has siblings. I myself only have one sibling, and one living grandparent. What makes matters more complicated is that my parents are divorced, and that wasn’t pretty and left my dad now with a new woman who tries to isolate him from me and my sister as much as possible. Needless to say, this is not the giant, connected, involved family you may find in movies like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” We are small. We live in different places. And we’ve gone through some events that have left us a little fragmented. It’s okay—I love my family and wouldn’t change a thing. But I do know that when I plan a wedding one day, the nature and size of my family may complicate things. In fact, I’ve seen it happen to friends in similar circumstances. Here is what it’s like being a bride with a tiny family.

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Your side feels financially cheated

If the bride and groom’s families are splitting the cost, the smaller family feels a little cheated. Technically, only a small fraction of the guests enjoying the food and open bar will actually be coming from their side. And, yet, they have to pay for half of everything?

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