How many people could we expect to RSVP 'yes'?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How many should we expect to attend out of 65?
    55+ : (15 votes)
    44 %
    50-55 : (13 votes)
    38 %
    Less than 50 : (6 votes)
    18 %
    Less than 45 : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    7286 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    How long is a piece of string?

    Basically no one can give you a definate answer because every wedding and every guest list is different.

    When planning a wedding it is wise to expect and budget for every guest that you invite. That way you will not be caught short if everyone RSVP’s yes.

    Post # 4
    4540 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

    I’d say 55 or more, but the PP is also correct that there’s really no way of knowing. 

    Post # 6
    7286 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    @sunshinewish15:  Budget for the amount of guests that you invite. It is as easy as that really.

    Post # 7
    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I agree that there’s no way of knowing, but I was in a very similar situation if that helps.  Most of the 59 people we invited were either family or very close friends.  We had 10 decline.  I’m sure you will get some people who can’t come, but if it’s mostly family and close friends I would expect almost everyone to make it.

    Post # 8
    6449 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @j_jaye:  +1 So than you wil have some nice wiggle room if/when some do decline but you won’t be scrambling to come up with the extra money if more say yes than you expect.

    Post # 9
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We are going with the common assumption that 20% decline. Our venue allows 240 people so we just subtracted 10 as a buffer and added 20%, allowing us to invite 275 people. Some guests are older and live a ways away so we are assuming they won’t come we are more inviting out of curtiosy, and not everyone will have a plus one.

    Post # 10
    236 posts
    Helper bee

    We invited 144 (including several elderly grandparents we KNEW couldn’t travel) and we are looking at about 125 attending.  Attendance is very high as we sent out STD’s early and it’s not busy wedding season for many of our friends.  🙂

    Post # 11
    7929 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    The general rule is to estimate 10% declines for under 100 guests.

    Post # 12
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We had 100% yes accept. Invites were extended to 37 people, plus ten +1’s for all single guests. Only 2 people said they’d bring a +1. Of those, one arrived solo and the other (my sister) was a no show and about a week before one guest let me know she’d be coming solo and leaving her DH at home to watch the kids. 🙂  

    Post # 13
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    With that few people, I’d assume you’re pretty close with all of them, to the point where all of them would make it a priority to come to your wedding.  I’d bet 55 or 60 come.

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