(Closed) How many to invite… reception occupancy.

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
2634 posts
Sugar bee

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.

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