(Closed) How did your guest list change (numbers) from start to finish?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll:
    Our guest list ended up being bigger than originally planned : (22 votes)
    39 %
    Our guest list ended up being smaller than originally planned : (14 votes)
    25 %
    Our guest list pretty much stayed the same : (13 votes)
    23 %
    I like cheese : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Our orignal plan included about 110 people.  We scaled down at had 65 at our wedding. 🙂

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Our original plan changed SOOOOO many times.  At the highest, our guest list was around 400 people, but we had to scale it way back.  

    We ended up inviting 105 people and are expecting about 75.

    Post # 5
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We started with 110 on our list, now it is 175 and counting. Still 8 months till our wedding eek.

    Post # 6
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    437 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Started at 120-130 we ended up inviting 157. We’ll see how many people can make it!

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It went 30 to 50 to 80 and ended up at 65.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012 - W Hotel Silicon Valley

    Ours changed quite a bit!

    We had about 150 people on our initial guest list.  Then we decided on a smaller wedding and were planning on about 100.  We ended up inviting 118 (120, including us!) and that was the absolute MAX, we couldn’t have fit any more people in our reception room if we tried.  We even had to sacrifice a traditional head table–which I really wanted, but it turned out fine anyway.

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @GroovyHippieChick:  Ditto!  The numbers are nearly exactly the same as ours, and FI is shocked that we have included so many more on the list. 

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We were at 150, but our venue has a minimum of 165 so we added a few people. Now its at 210. It could easily get a little higher, but I don’t want to invite too many over the venue’s max (200). We will probably have a high decline rate with 80% OOT guests, so I’m hoping that by inviting 210 we end up with 165-175.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We’re not quite at the point of finalizing a guest list, but I am PRAYING that my FILs don’t add too many more to the list. I REALLY want a small (like 80 tops) wedding and my SO has a HUGE family, so I’m hoping if he invite all aunts, uncles and cousins they won’t complain too much… not looking forward to that part!

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We planned on 225 when budgeting, the guestlist grew to 300 (insert freak out), invites went out to 275 (still freaking out), and we ended up with 220 on the day of (yay!).

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Ours so far (invites don’t get mailed for another month but it should stay about the same from here on out) has stayed almost the same as our original list…a couple people said no already after STDs (all are friends of FMIL and live thousands of miles away) and my FI has added a couple friends from work and in the end after some people leaving the list and some being added we may be literally one or two more than we had originally planned on inviting. Also at this point we expect almost everybody we’re inviting to actually attend *knockonwood* other than extenuating circumstances, so it should stay relatively the same even after RSVPs are in.

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