How many guests to expect…

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
3846 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@caiteliz23:   Does your venue have a limit? 

Post # 4
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@caiteliz23:  I think that I’ve read on here that u figure 20-25% invited will not show up.

Post # 5
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@caiteliz23:  I would expect 375-400. For only 1/2 or less to show up would be ludacris

Unless a large percent of who you invited is people you dont know well or people that live in another country. 

Post # 6
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d expect at least 400. We’re inviting 350 and it seems about 325 are coming

Post # 7
1193 posts
Bumble bee

I have heard expect around a 20% decline, unless its a very small (fewer declines) or very large (more declines) wedding. That is just what I have read in wedding planning books, so don’t quote me on it. We are inviting around 200 and expecting around 150-175 to show up. Our venue only holds 200.

One note of caution on overinviting – my sister only had 10 people out of 150 decline and she freaked out. Her venue only held 140 (fire code), so she was panicking a few weeks before thinking she would have to disinvite someone. Thankfully, she only had 138 show up (a couple cancelled last min as well) and everything was fine. But don’t assume “courtesy” invites won’t come!

Post # 9
2429 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

85% of our guests RSVP’d yes and all those that did showed up at the wedding.  So I would probably expect at least 400 unless you’re inviting a large amount of people who live really far away or out of the country.

Post # 10
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We had 80% positive RSVPs and only 20% decline. 

Post # 11
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@caiteliz23:  you have to expect at least a 15-25% decline. we had a guest list of 220 and ended up with 167 (thats about a 25% decline)

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