Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2014 - alder manor
Out of all the invites you’re sending, how many people do you expect?
Out of 30 international guests we’re inviting, I’m inviting about half to decline.
And out of 126 guests in our surrounding area, I’m expecting 30% to decline.
What’s the average to expect? What are you expecting?
Post # 3
We sent out 102, and I am expecting a final guest count of 76 or so (I have a spreadsheet that projects this based on knowing someone is coming beiing a “1” and maybes being “.5”. We will see!
Post # 4
I only had a 15% decline rate. I think the average is around 20%
Post # 5
We had about a 30% decline rate. I planned for about that many to decline, so it worked out well.
Post # 6
We had 15% of the people decline. There were a few people I thought for sure wouldn’t come, who ended up RSVPing yes.
Post # 7
We only had a 5% declination rate. We had a small wedding, so it meant a lot to us that the people we did invite really made it a point to attend! I don’t think that is a very typical response rate, though. (We also got our RSVP cards back on time from everyone – other than immediate family members who were in the wedding – which seems to be pretty unusual as well.)
Post # 8
We had a 27% decline rate.
Post # 9
There is no average – it depends on your circle, the closeness of the guest to the couple, work circumstances, child circumstances, travel circumstances, etc… Everyone has a different situation, so it’s impossible to average.
My situation: OOT wedding for almost all of our guests (500-1000 miles traveled on average). large family, lots of notice, kid-free. We invited about 180 and had 136 attend.
Post # 10
We had very few truly OOT guests for either wedding, but one DD had a 96% attendance rate and the other had a 65% attendance rate. You just never know.
Post # 11
@Merlin29: Out of 106 people invited, we had 6 decline. Two of them we knew would decline due to work issues, another one we suspected due to work scheduling. We only had maybe 2 or 3 who declined that we were not expecting (mostly due to travel.) We gave extra people +1s when we got the nos
Post # 12
we only had a 10% decline rate. I don’t think you can count on any certain amount of declines
Post # 13
I would use 20% as a good estimate. 20-30% is about right.
We had about 30%
This also depends on how many people are local versus farther away. Very few of our guests lived in town. Almost all of them were either an hour away or 3-4+ hours away.