What percentage of RSVP's say Yes?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I only had a 15% decline rate. I think the average is around 20%

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had about a 30% decline rate.  I planned for about that many to decline, so it worked out well. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had a 27% decline rate.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Buzzing bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we only had a 10% decline rate. I don’t think you can count on any certain amount of declines

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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.

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