Post # 1
For those of you who are already married or those who had attended a wedding recently (let’s be honest, that’s probably everyone on this board), about how many people, percentage-wise, would you say stayed until the very end of the wedding?
The reason I ask is that I really want to do wish lanterns at our wedding, but I don’t want to risk it at our venue (no open flames allowed), so I was thinking after our site kicks us out at 10, we can all go to the beach (literally across the street) and release the lanterns. I’m wondering how many I should order though. We are hoping for 120 guests.
What do you all think (of the idea, the number to get, etc)?
Post # 3
Just thinking on it… It’s kind of depended on the average age of the guests… : At a wedding when they were mostly our age (mid-20s), I’d ballpark… 75%?
Post # 4
Hmmmmm. The last two weddings I was at, I would say, had about 60% remaining until the end. Also, I think it’s important to note that a lot of those at the end were the younger crowd.
Post # 5
We had probably only 30 or 40% stay until 11 pm, but we were also a dry wedding so that really hurt the dance part of the reception…
Post # 6
It would depend on who had to drive, who’s staying at a hotel/locally, and who aren’t night-owls.
For our group, it would be over half to stay till the very end. (at the very least, a max of 68 people at our venue). For a friend’s wedding, it was around half (at the most).
Post # 7
For me it depends on what day of the week the wedding is, how close I am to the person, and how the mood of the reception is. Last month I left a reception pretty early because it was on a Wednesday night and there was drama between the MOB and MOG. On the other hand, if I’m close to someone and/or it’s a Friday or Saturday, I’ll stay until much the end.
One thing you might consider is letting people know about the lantern launch to follow. I’m hoping to have one at my wedding and I’m considering losing some of the surprise and letting people know either in an enclosure if it’s off the reception venue premises or at the reception if it’s possible at the venue (We’re still venue shopping).
Think about how close you are to people and what night it is to help narrow down the number likely. Add a few extra to be safe and consider sometime around cake cutting alerting your guests so they’ll know about it.
Post # 8
Out of our 125ish we had about 100 at the end of the night.
Post # 9
I’d stay if I knew you were releasing lanterns at the end… That is one of the coolest things ever I wouldn’t miss it! Maybe let your guests know so they can prepare to stay all night?
I’ve only been to 1 wedding and it had a lot of long gaps where nothing was happening… we stayed for 8 hours and left as soon as the cake was cut! Maybe an hour before it was over? They cut the cake after dancing so we decided to stay for that event. If theres somthing to wait for I’m sure people will stay.
Post # 10
i like the idea of letting people know when we cut the cake that we’ll be releasing lanterns when the reception ends. great idea!
Post # 11
My reception was until 11pm and we had about 25 our of 115. There was a mass exodus around 10:30. No worries, it was a Thursday so I figured. It was just funny!
Post # 12
yeah, it’s a saturday night, and out of town, so everyone will be spending the night at a hotel a few blocks from the reception and beach if that impacts people’s answers…
Post # 13
This all depends on the average age and what the social norms in your circle are. I know I a lot of people in our circle consider it rude to leave before a wedding is over. So a lot of weddings I go to, almost everyone is still there at the end. but yeah, totally depends on the crowd.
Post # 14
hmmm, good points. 1/3 our friends, and 2/3 family and family friends….
Post # 15
The last wedding I attended, I did everything short of giving up my first born for. I literally did EVERYTHING! So, I stayed until there was nobody else left there. I cleaned everything and transported it all back to the bride and groom’s house. But, most people left around the same time, when the reception was dwindling. I would just let everyone know ahead of time that you plan to do wish lanterns so they don’t skip out early.