How many guests attended compared to how many you invited?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

we invited 130 and had 127 come. do not rely on people sayin no or not bringing a date because you could end up screwed!

Post # 3
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

invited 120, 100 came. 

Post # 4
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We also invited 120, 100 RSVPed yes, 10 said no and we’re still waiting on the other 10!

Post # 5
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

82 invited, 60 came, however the ones that didn’t attend lived 1,500 – 3,000 miles away, except for 2 local guests that missed due to a hospitalization.

Post # 6
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Chapssstick:  OMG lol thats a great decline rate I hope we are that lucky! 

Post # 7
7289 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I had about 95%, my sister had 100%, my cousin had 100% and my friends had over 100% because they told a guest to bring their travel companion along who had come along for a vacation to their destionation wedding.

Always expect, plan and budget for every guest attending. Otherwise you will end up screwing yourself.

Post # 8
13 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

We invited nobody and 12 are coming, lol.

Post # 9
481 posts
Helper bee

We invited about 100 and ended up with 70 including us two. The ones that declined lived several hours away or in another state.

Post # 10
3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

230ish, 225 were in attendance

Post # 11
3650 posts
Sugar bee

Sunday of the first summer holiday weekend (Memorial Day in the US), when a lot of people head to the Jersey shore or Penna. mountains. Our day-of co-ordinator said the average decline is 20% and for a holiday weekend, expect up to 30%. Invited 250 and 225 attended. Some didn’t use their plus ones. Some went away and came back in town for Sunday night. We were not near capacity, for the ballroom, but could have used a few less tables and more dance floor space. About 20 of those who attended were not local, (only 4 had to fly-in).

Post # 12
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

MrsRozman16:  This questions also depends on location of guests/wedding. If both of the families are in town and the wedding is in town chances are more people would come.

For us, our families live 4+ hours away and we’re getting married in my hometown in the winter at night. So we’re expecting not everyone will attend because of that alone. We’ve invited 164, expecting 120-130. So far RSVPs are reflecting our expected.

Post # 13
3650 posts
Sugar bee

P.S. It was a 21+ wedding, except for one bridesmaid (16.5), who is the bride’s honorary little sister. Only one couple, of the 250 invited, cited childcare issues and said “everyone who normally babysits their kids would be at the beach that weekend. ” They got their StD 10 months before, of course. Another couple didn’t RSVP/boycotted, because their kids weren’t invited (uncle of the bride); they’re on our poop-list for life – couldn’t even be bothered to send a congratulatory e-mail, either. 

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