S/O: domestic destination wedding RSVP rates?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
Member
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

MrsBuesleBee:  Are kids invited? Do many have kids? Are either of you first borns and have their been sibling weddings recently? Is it a Saturday wedding?

Because it is during the school year, my best guess would be:

145 if it is a Saturday weddng with kids invited.

120 if it is a Saturday wedding with kids not invited.

If you have had a sibling wedding within a year and a half, then probably 120. If you haven’t had a family wedding in 10 years, probably 155.

If it is a Sunday or Friday wedding, subtract 30-50 from my estimates.

The typical acceptance rate for a Saturday evening wedding is 80%– this give people the opportunity to drive in and out (or fly) with only one night in a hotel. I was told it goes up by 5% for first weddings in the family, and decreases if people have to find babysitters.

My wedding was in town for us, but would be viewed as a domestic destination (Washington, DC). We invited 220 for a Saturday afternoon wedding and 140 came. It was the first wedding in 20 years for my family and 9 for DH’s. And kids were invited (with babysitters). 100 people had to drive about an hour or less, 70 had a 3-8 hour drive, 50 had a plane flight in. People took flights and drove 15+ hours to make it. I was surprised by the turnout, but it worked out for the best.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  Pollywog.
Post # 6
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1081 posts
Bumble bee

We had many out-of-town guests that showed up to our wedding (approximately 50 people were from out-of-state/out-of-the country and the rest had to travel at least an hour for the most part). We invited around 120 total and 108 showed up (and it was a Friday night wedding and only kids in the bridal party were invited). Hope that helps. 

Post # 7
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2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’d say your side is like to show up at the higher rate Pollywog stated since you are the first wedding in a long time.  Do your family and friends typically travel?  Are you close to the invited family?

Post # 8
Hostess
9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

MrsBuesleBee:  Ours was similar, we had a 50%+ decline rate.  I think we were unusual – some were a surprise, others weren’t.  We expected 75 people, we had 55 (out of 125)

Post # 11
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2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

MrsBuesleBee:  Can’t you sell the beauty of Kentucky (I am a Lexantonian…by choice…grew up in Bowling Green) to your husband’s family?????  Did I read you are getting married in Louisville?  I can’t remember what month, but Ky is particularly beautiful in the fall and spring.

Post # 13
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144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

3 hour drive for 1/4 of our guests, 9 hour drive for another 1/4, plane ride and 3 hour drive from airport for remaining 1/2.

90 attending out of 140 invitees.

my family is small and not close. His is large and very close and it is an opportunity for them to get together.

we have been living together with children for a long time. So a little of the polish is probably worn off for some 😉

Post # 14
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2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

MrsBuesleBee:  My cousin got married at Buffalo Trace last summer.  The grounds are beautiful!  That will be a fun tour.  Late September is a pretty time of year and usually very comfortable weather-wise.

 

Post # 15
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3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MrsBuesleBee:  Hi there. My wedding is about 6 hours drive for most guests. Others will have to fly. I invited 215 people and 130 RSVP’d Yes. Granted, I did invite some folks who I knew would not attend due to age, distance, etc. For me, the YES rate was 61%. I wish I had known so many would have been unable to attend because I would have invited more!

 

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