(Closed) Question for Married Bees! How many invited guests actually showed up? (or rsvp)

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

We invited 110 people, 90 people ended up coming! I think that was a pretty good turn out, considering our wedding was a 6 hour drive away from most of the guests! One couple ended up not showing even though they RSVPed “yes”.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We invited 150, 130 RSVPed yes. We had 3 no show’s but 3 surprise guests (grrr), so it balanced out 😉

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We had a decline rate of approximately 25 percent for our wedding, which was, in essence,  a DW for everyone, including DH and me.  (Most people traveled at least an hour and a half to three hours to attend, and many of our guests came from out of state.) Of those who replied “YES,” we had no “no shows” the day of the wedding. (However, one couple had to cancel the day before the wedding due to a serious illness in the family.)

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We had about a 75% acceptance rate, all the people who declined were out of state or out of the country. We also had 2 no shows, and about 8 people who came for the ceremony and cocktail hour, but left before dinner. So we paid about 1k extra for people’s meals who didn’t stay. I just wish they would have told us they didn’t plan to stay, so we wouldn’t have planned for them to eat!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

@bakerella:  where these surprise guests invited and rsvp’d no/changed their minds or people without a previous invite

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@eloping:  One was a guest who asked to bring someone (we had invited his long term girlfriend, but they broke it off after the invites were sent out, and he wanted to bring his ex-wife instead). I said no. He brought her anyways. She turned out to be very nice and so sweet, I was very glad to have had her at our wedding.

Another was a friend’s boyfriend who had been invited to the wedding, but she only RSVP’ed for herself. I honestly think she just didn’t know how to RSVP properly, and I should have asked her why he wasn’t coming, but I didn’t want to poke my nose into their business in case they were going through a rocky time or he had another commitment. I should have poked my nose. LOL!

The last was DH’s fault. We had a friend’s wife cancel about a week out with an emergency business trip. Another friend asked if he could bring his on again/off again girlfriend whom DH and I have met quite a few times. DH said yes to fill the missing spot, but didn’t tell me. I would have said no. LOL! So in any case, she was there, but since I didn’t know she was coming, we had to scramble to get her at the right table, etc etc. I felt bad that there wasn’t an escort card for her or anything since DH had known she was coming. Sigh. Oh well.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

@bakerella:  ah, i have visions of how hubbys family does it. his parents get a invite and they rsvp 7 (them, 3 adult sons & 2 spouses).  i learnt this the hard way when we showed up at a wedding and during the reception finally got to see the invite (made out to the parents only)

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had a lot of “courtesy” invites as dh’s family lives across the country. We invited 146 people including +1’s for almosteverybody and 92 rsvp’d yes. On the actual day 83 showed up that canceled anywhere from 3 days out to the night before and a few that showed up for theceremony but left before the reception  

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The average dropoff is 10-20%, but do not use this number for budget or venue capacity.  Plan on every single person you invited showing up.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We invited 74, and 55 attended.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper

We had about a 70% “yes” rate.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

we invited 100 people and 76 showed up – a lot of htem didn’t want to travel the 4 hours..

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We invited 50 and 45 showed up. 

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