Post # 1
I would love some advice/suggestions/encouragement if you have some spare! Our wedding is on the 30th of August 2014 and we are sending out our invitations at the end of the month.
Our venue has a 60 guest minimum and since we are trying to keep our list and costs small, we have come to 84 guests. We already know 3 people cannot make it due to illness (but we are inviting them because they are our family and we want to include them) and we have 4 people from out of town who may/may not show up. We are very close with our family and friends and are hope that they can come, but I am wondering if 81 guests is enough to invite if we need at least 60 people? What do you reckon would be a safe number?
Thank you in advance bees!
Post # 2
I think you should have a second tier list of people you can invite just in case
Post # 3
MrsBlackCat: I think that sounds like a safe number. With a small guest list, you will have a higher response rate than if you were inviting 200 people.
Are you counting you and your fiance? Don’t forget that you count as guests too. 🙂
With that said, what’s the worst that can happen? Presumably the venue doesn’t care how many guests are actually in the room, they care that you pay them enough to make it worth their while. Usually you can just upgrade your food/beverages in order to meet the minimum.
Post # 4
I don’t like the idea of a secondary list. Someone is going to find out that they weren’t a first pick. I think most venues would charge you for 60 people even if 55 show up,bc that was the minimum. So if you’re comfortable spending more,send out more invites to cover the ones you already know probably won’t attend. The venue won’t not do your wedding bc 60 didn’t show…well that’s how it works here at least lol
Post # 5
a_day_at_the_fair: merpitymerp: JerNCher:
Thank you ladies for your opinions, I really do appreciate it. Our guest list is currently at 85, and we now know that 7 people definitely can’t make it. I am thinking I may add an extra 5 guests to our list just to be on the safe since.
Our venue won’t cancel our wedding due to lack of numbers, but they do charge an extra 20% on top of what we are paying! So I think it may be worth it to have the extra guests just in case. We were originally hoping for about 65-70 guests so I will see how that goes 🙂 With ourselves, our parents and our bridal party on it’s own we have 16 guests so I suppose we are almost a third of the way there. Sadly we have quite a few sick relatives this year so I hope they will be well enough for our wedding day.