Post # 1
Our dream reception put a requirement that we must have a minimum 110 guests else we’ll have to pay for venue hire. I only have around 90 guests consisting of close friends and family.
Surcharge for the venue and number to make up the minimum is ALMOST the same! Would you rather pay the room hire surcharge, or invite more to make up the numbers (in our case, fiance and I would then have to decide between inviting parents’ friends or work colleagues).
Post # 3
I’d invite more people to celebrate with you.
Post # 4
Ditto. Since you are locked in, you can either spend the money to have more people come celebrate with you, or spend virtually the same amount of money for … nothing.
Post # 5
It depends on you – is it more important that you have an intimate wedding, or that you get more bang for your buck?
Post # 6
I would let each of your parents invite 5 friends. It will probably make them really happy.
ETA: Or give your guests +1s if you haven’t already.
Post # 7
Personally I would find a new venue. If I had my guestlist already and it didn’t meet the minimum then I wouldn’t just add guests because I can- if you had more guests that you had left off because of budget sure but just to add random friend number 12 to meet a minimum- no way.
Post # 8
i think that i would invite more guests then at least someone is benefitting from the added cost.
Post # 9
Ok, I know this will come off as grabby but if the price is the same for you, you will get more gifts/money by inviting more people ( in addition to the obvious benefits of having more people to share in your special day!)
Post # 10
asscherlover: We’ve invited all our friend’s partners and/ or kids too!
@jules24chi: wow, i never thought of that, lol!
@j_jaye: thanks but yeh we’re locked in…its my dream reception. The convinence of the reception being 3 minutes walk from the ceremony and the amazing harbour view (also has view of fireworks tthat night) that no other reception has is what makes it special!
Post # 11
@SapphireBlu: If you have more people in mind that your and your FI or your parents want to invite, I’d invite more people. But is the 110 person minimum the number of guests that actually attend? Because then you’ll want to account for the fact that only about 75-80% of invited guests will actually say yes and attend (mine was only 65%!). Are you giving everyone a +1? That would increase the number too.
Post # 12
You’re going to have to pay the same price anyway; why not invite more people to enjoy it with you (and get more presents hehehehe)!
Post # 13
@galloway111: This was my thought, too. Is your 90 number the number of people you invited or the number you’re expecting? Because that will make a considerable difference, too.
BTW the reception sounds beautiful!
Post # 14
@hardtoconcentrate: There definitely will be 90 people. There’s 10 in the wedding party, about 40 are family and 50 are close friends. Guess I’ll have to move on to “acquiantances” next!
Yes the place is indeed unique…I’m willing to pay room hire just for the view but guess having extra people won’t hurt considering the place fits up to 180 people. 🙂
Post # 15
I think you might as well invite some extras, especially if your parents have a few friends they’d like to invite – it’ll probably really please them 🙂 Plus there’s the other advantage of probably receiving more gifts 😉