Post # 1
I know that there is another thread on this, but I want to make it super simple and try a poll. Here’s the background:
- 175 invitations
- Option 1: 3-hour cheap flight + car rental or shuttle for 4 hour drive
- Option 2: 5-hour expensive flight (+ free transportation)
- Wedding in Aspen, CO (Hotels are $150-$650+/night)
Thanks so much to all who respond!
Post # 2
The combination of expensive hotels plus either an expensive flight or a long-ass bus ride will keep your numbers down.
Post # 3
It depends how close the guests are to you (relationship wise, not travel). I would not go to an event like that for anyone except immediate family.
Post # 4
Unless most of the people on your guest list are loaded I tend to agree with the previous posters–the cost will probably deter a significant portion of your guest list, but I wouldn’t be able to estimate a specific percentage. Like @HannahGrace, I would not attend a wedding that would be this expensive for anyone other than my sibling or my very best friend.
Post # 5
I have to agree with PP’s unless money isn’t an issue I wouldn’t attend unless it was immediate family or a realllly close friend.
Post # 6
It’s going to depend on your guests. We are having a wedding in Florida, my family is spread out in Ontario, Michigan, and North Carolina, his family is in Minnesota. We are inviting 120, and hoping at least 40 will come.
Post # 7
acriqui: I voted fewer than 50 simply because I think that, outside of immediate family, very few guests would relish any of the choices.
Post # 8
acriqui: I think it all depends on your guests.
Post # 9
Another factor is Aspen being very pricey but not being the first pick of vacation spot for most folks. Sam Francisco, LA, Chicago and NYC are also pricey but folks might be more inclined to go there because they can stick around a few days and sightsee.
Post # 10
@horseradish Aspen is pricey, but our guests don’t need to remain in Aspen proper for the duration of their visit, should they choose to vacation there, though there are a wide variety of options for them to choose from regarding siteseeing and outdoor activities. I could offer a list of places they could stay after the wedding events have come to a close.
I agree with those who have responded and appreciate your input. It will depend on our guests, most of which are spread out amongst Ohio, Texas, Florida, and New England. I’ve spoken personally to some to see if they would attend, but STDs are going out a year in advance, giving them time to prepare and use it as an opportunity to vacation, if they choose.
Thanks again to all who have responded, I appreciate your insight.
Post # 11
This is virtually impossible to answer without knowing your guests…. What age bracket the majority fall into, how much disposable income they are likely to have, profession (problems getting time off work?), existing plans, clashes with other events, childcare, age/mobility, like to travel etc.
What I will say though is that it sounds like a long journey and quite an expensive destination so you may need to prepare yourself for low numbers.
Post # 12
I would think that you would get at least 50% if not more (I answered 70%). Aspen is pricey, but it isn’t that hard to book a hotel a few miles away for cheaper. I have a similar situation with my wedding, and I found that a lot of guests were excited to visit and more likely to attend, moreso than if we chose a major city they had already been to before.
Also, not sure if Aspen has a lot of places, but a lot of my friend groups ended up renting houses all together via HomeAway or AirBNB so they could all stay together. That made things a lot cheaper.
Post # 13
happycamper8: The house rental sources were so helpful, thanks!!
Post # 14
sorry, but this really depends on things you haven’t answered- how close are you 2 to your friends? Family? What percentage of invites are to friends? Family? How financially set are your friends? Family? Or how often do they take trips requiring long drives and/or plane travel? Hiw many are likely to be pregnant or have newborns around that time or have young kids who they tend not to take in vacays except visiting family? How organized do they think you are? Are you or your FI the oldest or youngest or favorite or first marriage in the family? Are there any potential serious disputes or drama with either family that could make them less likely to come?
if you give us answers to those questions, we might be able to help you, but, as is, it could range from 25% to 80 or 90% imo. We have a similar domestic destination wedding (not sure how our guests might vary from yours til there’s more info) and our final percentage of 203 invited who’ll attend is going to be somewhere from 54%-62.5%.
youll get the most accurare estimate if you give a percentage on an excel sheet for each guest (0, .25, .5, .75, or 1) and then add those all up. You can even crest three different estimates that way if you make a column of most likely percentages, an overestimate of percentages, and an underestimate.