(Closed) Percent of Guests That Attend The Ceremony

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Honestly, I feel for you, but I can’t see enough people not attending the ceremony to make the chapel work. I have heard that you can expect 10% to decline, and I’d say another 10% don’t make it to the church, but you have to account for every invitation you send possibly attending. 

We’re in the same boat – the chapel seats 150, and the sanctuary seats 1200, so we’re stuck in the enormous church. Find ways to make it feel smaller, such as lighting and having lots of ushers so everyone sits closer together. 

Post # 4
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Normally, from my experience less attend the ceremony than the reception.  I don’t know the actual percentage.  On your RSVP’s could you include an RSVP for the ceremony, and one for the reception? 

Post # 5
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think you’re really pushing it with those numbers. I think to expect that 100 people who are coming to the reception won’t come to the ceremony is unrealistic. I would choose the modern church to be on the safe side and have your guests be comfortable.

Post # 6
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you have the option for a larger church in the same location, I would take it. I understand your struggle with this- as I’m going through the same thing. However, the two churches are in completely different locations…and we’re still going with the smaller one because it is the church that I have attended my entire life. So we’re doing just family for a small intimate ceremony.

Post # 7
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You need a seat for every invited butt.  Period.

Is there a reason you’re having such a long gap in between the ceremony and reception?  Do you have activities planned for guests in between them?

Post # 8
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

An RSVP “yes” means that you’ll be attending the wedding. That includes both the ceremony and the reception. I’ve never understood guests who only show for the party. Frankly, I wouldn’t be okay with that unless there were extenuating circumstances. If you’ve been invited to share in our special day and you accept said invite, then I expect you to be there for every aspect. Just showing up to eat my food, drink my booze and listen to my music isn’t cool with me.

Every one of our guests that attended our reception also attended our ceremony (it is the most important part, afterall). Then again, we didn’t have a long gap so I don’t know what kind of difference that would have made. Even though the gap may cause some people to skip the ceremony (still not cool in my book but some people are rude like that), you still need to account for everyone. You’d be better off going with the venue that holds the most people. No-one wants to go to a wedding and be told that they have to stand outside because the room has reached capacity. 

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