Post # 1
We’d like to keep our guests at or around 100. Right now we have 110 people we would like to invite and we are feeling like probably 3 or 4 of those guests will not be able to attend for sure. We do have others we’d love to have there too…but I’m just worried about going overboard and sending too many invites out.
It wouldn’t be a big deal normally, but our reception venue has a 100 person minimum. I.e. if only 50 people show up, you still have to pay for 100. I just don’t want to go too far over the 100, but I don’t know the typical response rate…
I must add that about 80% of our guest list lives within 1-2 hours of the wedding venues.
Post # 3
We invited 106 people and 87 came.
Post # 4
@Sheepshead: Right on. That’s what our plan is right now. I just hear horror stories on WB about people inviting like 50 ppl more and get mostly yes responses. I’m not going that crazy then with 110. 🙂
@eeniebeans: Okay, that’s a good number…thanks for sharing! It helps! 🙂
Post # 5
We invited about 100 people and only 70 people came. Our caterer normally only adjusts 10% down but as a favor, they went down 20% for us so we were still stuck paying for 80. We were able to use those extra meals for vendors so it wasn’t a total wash.
Post # 6
168 invited, so far 80. Still another week to go. I’m thinking 90 max. My 90 year old great aunt can’t make it, but my mother wanted to invite her. Same with lots of the cousins (not old just expected they may not make it).
Post # 7
We thought we were definitely going to have about 85-90 ( we invited 96), and we are ending up with about 76, mostly due to people not bringing dates when they were given a +1, and out of towners not able to make it.
Post # 8
We invited 118 including a lot of out of towners and had 114!
Post # 9
Thanks bees! That’s good to know. We may be altering our plans a little and trying to downsize on a few things but it’s good to know a better “response rate” 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
We invited 117 and 82 came.
Post # 11
we’re sending out of town invites first. and judging by the response there we will decide how many close by people can come. Happy to gamble on these as they are mostly work colleagues etc who dont expect to be there as a right. So a 2 stage invite thingy means no rsvp date. we’re using http://www.e-rsvp.co.uk and any indication of a no will immediately be deleted. maybes will be followed up twice max then deleted. We’re paying for the venue in full but meals at nearly £80 a head so we have to be ‘strict’
Post # 12
I invited around 180…a little over 140 will be attending. I didn’t believe that the whole 20% decline rate would apply to me, but that’s where we are – 20% of our guests declined.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
We invited 111, and we’re having 85.
Post # 14
web invited 270 and had 138.
Post # 15
We invited 106 and 106 came. And we had requests for +1’s. We were a little shocked by the return rate!
Post # 16
I’d send out more, there will be people who can’t make it due to other commitments despite that they live close by. I’d hate to pay for 20 people that aren’t there just to meet the minimum. I personally would rather pay for 110 actual guests than pay for 100 with only 80 actual guests.