A couple decades ago, it was the thing to have a big wedding. You would invite everyone! Distant relatives, friends you have barely seen for years, friends of family you never knew! Perhaps you really did want to invite everyone you knew and did not know to have a great time and share in your special day, or maybe at least a small percentage of the reason for inviting so many was to get a few more gifts. Today, things are a little different. There is a sense that many people want a smaller wedding which is more intimate, special and just for the very few people who are close and dearest to them.
It also goes without saying, that the present economic climate has something to do with so many having smaller, more intimate weddings as well.