Post # 1
I wasn’t exactly sure where to put this post, so I chose reception. Feel free to move it if need be (powers that be).
We are looking to have our receptions in the banquet room of a restaurant. The maximum occupancy of this room is 80 people. If we use our bare bones list of people we’d be right at 80, but I know that a few of those will RSVP “no” (such as his grand parents who don’t travel for health reasons).
I know not everyone will be able to come to the wedding, so I’m asking for your advice on how many people I should invite. I’m overly worried about getting too many “yes” answers and everyone not fitting in the banquet room.
Help! How many would you invite?
Post # 3
I was told by multiple people not to invite more than the venue can hold. However, I should have realized that this does not apply to people that you are 100 percent certain will not attend, i.e. relatives that are physically unable to travel. In light of this I would not invite more than 80, excluding the people that you are 100 percent certain will not be in attendance.
Post # 4
I would invite only as many as the venue holds, not counting people like the grandparents who won’t be able to travel. If you end up with a lot of No’s, you could always send out a second wave of invites.
Post # 5
You should do an A and a B list. If you start getting lots of “no’s” from the A’s, then you’ll be able to send out more B invites.
And I’ve always heard a good rule of thumb is to expect about 30% to decline.