Guest Attendance Estimates for Wedding

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What was the percentage of regrets for you wedding RSVP's?
    10% : (1 votes)
    14 %
    20% : (3 votes)
    43 %
    30% : (1 votes)
    14 %
    40% : (0 votes)
    50% or more : (2 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would err on the side of caution and only invite the number of guests both your budget and your venue can comfortable accommodate.

    If it’s a matter of extended family feeling left out, you can always send marriage announcements after the fact.

    Post # 4
    Member
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I imagine you will have a lot of declines – however, I don’t think you should be operating under the assumption that only 100 guests will show. Still plan for 200 within your budget and venue. Perhaps choose a venue with options – maybe you could go into another room if you do have a large decline rate?

    Post # 5
    Member
    6507 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m assuming you will have a lot of declines. We had almost a 30% decline rate with an original guest list of 300 due to distant relationships (in terms of emotions) with family. I also think since it’s a “destination wedding” for most guests and on a Monday that this will result in even more declines. However, I would also err on the side of caution and plan/budget for everyone to say yes. I would hate to have the stress of not having enough room or money to host my invited guests.

    Post # 6
    Member
    151 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @smarie13:  Having a Monday wedding could deter people from going to your wedding, so you might get the 100 guest count that you’re wanting…  but then again, it’s July 4th holiday weekend, isn’t it? 

    We are getting married this coming May and sent out 65 RSVP cards about 2 or 3 weeks ago.  We needed a good head count bc the rooftop venue we’re about to book has max capacity of 100…  and of the 65 RSVPs we sent out, we have an estimate of 96 guests.  Granted responses can change from now until May, but so far that is our count.  Also, our guests were able to RSVP online, so that saved some $ and anxiety on our part if we were waiting on response cards to get sent back to us. 

    Also, we are paying for our wedding, so that saved alot of guests that my parents would’ve “made” me invite had the wedding been local.

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