How many guests were at your wedding ceremony?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: How many guests were at your wedding
    less than 30 : (3 votes)
    8 %
    30-50 : (2 votes)
    5 %
    50-100 : (14 votes)
    37 %
    100-150 : (6 votes)
    16 %
    150-200 : (6 votes)
    16 %
    200-250 : (3 votes)
    8 %
    250-300 : (1 votes)
    3 %
    300-350 : (2 votes)
    5 %
    more than 350........explain : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 2
    2117 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    We’re inviting around 150-155, hoping to have between 125 and 130 come. That includes a bunch of FI’s parent’s friends that we probably wouldn’t invite, if it was totally up to us. But, since they don’t really know FI at all, and the wedding is a 2+ hour drive, we’re hoping a lot of those people won’t come anyway.

    I certainly don’t know 300 people well enough to invite them to my wedding, but I think if you had two HUGE families, it could add up quicker than you’d think!

    Post # 3
    2150 posts
    Buzzing bee

    ChristineMarie5711:  My MOH will be inviting something like 350 people to their wedding. Mainly because her FI’s family is insane and wants to invite their entire town, and MOH is too shy to put her foot down.

    She won’t know half of the people there.

    So not for me, we’re inviting 115 people. Invites go out tomorrow.

    To each their own. 

    Post # 5
    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    That’s exactly what I’m having. Had a guest list of 400, venue could only hold 300, so I have a B list if people decline. I’m also having 6 BMs. That’s the norm here. I’ve never been to a wedding under 250 people and have been to several in the 400-500 guest range. That’s just normal here. I can’t imagine having a small wedding because I want to celebrate with everyone!

    My mom is one of six kids, my dad is one of seven. All their siblings are married with 3-4 kids so it adds up real fast. FI’s side is rather large as well. 

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  MrsN14.
    Post # 7
    2252 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We are capping it at 450 even though FMIL really wants to reach that 500.

    I have approximately 60 guests (including my parents) in the mix. Everyone else is in the groom’s side. 

    He is Syrian, they have their traditions and customs and such, and this is one of them. Outrageously large lavish weddings. 

    Not exactly my cup of tea, but I will jump through hoops of fire if it is necessary just so I can marry him. 

    Post # 8
    2792 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Our guest list is 347.   This is because just my family is 150 + people (aunts, uncles, cousins, their spouces and children)  My parents also insist on inviting a lot of people (I think its 50 some people) who have been neighbors or close friends for pretty much my entire life.  Considering they are paying and these are the same people that when my dad flipped a tractor had it pulled out of the ditch and back to our house before my dad got done with his 2 hour hospital visit, I really can’t say no. 

    I was hoping we would end up around 260 people actually attending, but I keep getting people from very unexpected sources telling me “of course I’ll come.”  I think it will end up around 285. 

    Now our wedding party is 4 bridesmaids, 4 groomsmen, a ring bearer, a flower girl.  I wouldn’t want any more than that. 

    Post # 9
    858 posts
    Busy bee

    Oh my word that is crazy!!! We could invite 400 if we invited everyone we knew, including extended family, maybe 500 including very extended. But i couldnt imagine that!! We have invited 213 people, that is immediate friends and family… close and intimate.

    Post # 11
    291 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I wanted it to be smaller and more intimate, but FI knows a million people and even when trying to keep it to the bare minimum the number was high (to me).

    we invited about 210 people, knowing that a good chunk of them wouldn’t be able to come (FI is from another state, so all of his people will have to travel 8+ hours, and its over a holiday weekend….and a chunk of the people were elderly people that we knew woulnd’t be able to make it, we just wanted them to have an invitation so they’d feel included)….

    We have 140 confirmed with about 12 “depending on the weather”‘s


    Post # 12
    851 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church

    ChristineMarie5711:  There were about 350 at my wedding. But it was different because I go to a very family like church, and I work on the staff of the church so everyone was invited. I had to give up some things because there were so many people, but honestly, it was worth it. I didn’t have the stress of cutting down my guest list and I didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, as I know I would have if I hadn’t been able to invite everyone in the church. 

    Post # 13
    858 posts
    Busy bee

    ChristineMarie5711:  Yeah we are the same way. I got a couple close friends, dont really keep in touch with people from school.. the odd person. But not close enough to invite them to the wedding. Him on the other hand, still best friends with everyone from grade school!! lol. I have to out a halt to some invites. We have been together for 4 years (in a couple days) and he was inviting people i have never heard of!

    Post # 14
    11598 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We had about 130ish at the wedding.  We invited 186 – our wedding was a DW for all our guests (held 500-1000 miles from our families, but where we live), so I was quite impressed with the turnout.

    Post # 15
    501 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall

    Our original list we received from out parents was 460 people; 100 from my family, 360 from my FI’S. NO WAY IN HELL was I inviting that many people. So FI started by removing everyone he didn’t know then gave it back to his parents and said we wouldn’t be inviting anyone besides aunt’s uncle’s and first cousins. FI’s dad is the youngest of 13 so there are 3rd cousins that are older then me and FI and have kids of their own. 

    We sent save the dates to 185 people and already know some of those won’t make it (our venue is two hours away). I am hoping to have 160 and no more in attendance. 

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