Post # 1
Hello everyone, I have a question about the guest list for my wedding. I am from New York, and am planning a destination wedding in Disney World. We have budgeted for 50 guests and our wedding planner has told us that our reception venue can hold 50-60 comfortably. However, my fiance and I just made our guest list and we have 75 including ourselves, just with our close family and bridal party, so we dont feel like we can cut anyone from the list. Do you think it would be alright to invite this number of guests? I assume, that the attendance rate is not as high for a destination wedding as a home wedding. Any advice for me? Thanks so much!
Post # 3
yes, that number is fine. we have got yeses from about 70% of the people we invited and ours is NOT destination…you will b efine!
Post # 4
Are there any cuts that you can make? Have you talked to any of the guests to see if any for sure cannot come? I would just stress that everyone would be coming and then not have enough room.
Post # 5
I would make sure all 75 people could fit before I invited everyone. It sounds like they would, it just might not be as “comfortable” as otherwise! It’s *very* unlikely you would get all 75 coming (even without a destination wedding) but I would want to be on the safe side! Also, considering your date is 2 years away you could easily change your mind on some of the guests 🙂
Post # 6
Well our planner reccomended the 50-60 number, but from the actual seating capacity charts we were given, it says with banquet rounds the capacity is 70 and 150 for a reception (which I assume they mean cocktail tables). The room itself is 1369 sqaure feet which seems plenty big to me, and there is also a very large attached outdoor patio, where we will be having the dancing. If all 25 extra guests came, it would be about an extra five grand, so Im sure we could come up with that if need be. So I do think we could make it work if we had to, although the planner probably wouldnt be thrilled with me! I just wanted to get some input before we decide for sure.
We are also thinking about about sending out a Save the Date in a few months, to get an inital estimated count. I just dont really feel right putting family on a B-list and not giving enough notice, since it is a destination. We are planning on sending the Save the Dates about a year and a half out since our guests are traveling across the country.
Post # 7
For a “typical” reception, the industry standard is that 20% decline the invitation. I’d imagine (though you other bees can correct me if I am wrong) that a destination wedding would be similar.
Post # 8
I think if you can have 70 based on seating charts then you’re probably okay. Chances are you’ll have at least 5 people who can’t make it.