Post # 17
Approximately two-thirds of our guests showed up. That includes several local people and all our Out of Town guests. Out of the Out of Town ones, I think about 50% showed up. That was really special because most of those were from WAY out of town… Some of them were from out of continent. I was pleasantly surprised by how many people made the trip.
Post # 18
I’m interested in this too. My wedding is 500 miles from my family, and 1000 from FI’s family… so lots of traveling and the same situation as you, OP!
I’ve had a lot of people say “wouldn’t miss it,” but I’m not holding my breath, honestly. Things will change when it comes time to actually book the flights and hotels.
Post # 19
I have not had my wedding yet but it is Destination Wedding in Jamaica and out of 113 invitees, 52 are booked and coming (unless they cancel last minute).
Post # 20
Well, it would be helpful if my poll hadnt disappeared, but it looks like 50-75% is the norm?
Post # 21
21 guests need to fly to our wedding. All 21 guests are attending.
Not to mention that we received 100% yes’s from all of our guests, many of which are driving 3-5 hours to the wedding.
Post # 22
All of our guest had to travel over 3 hours. Half of them states away & the other half had to travel from another country. We invited 150 and had 146 in attendance.
Post # 23
We had only 2 guests who lived locally. Everyone else had to come from at least a 4 hr drive/2 hr flight away. Some coming all the way across the country (CA to ME).
We had a 60% accept rate. So about 40% declined.
Post # 24
Our wedding venue was a 3-hr drive and most guests spent at least one night in the area. Our overall acceptance rate was 52%. But the acceptance rate of guests we really wanted to attend was more like 90-95%. None of the coworkers or distant relatives that were obligatory invites bothered to come. So, it worked out perfectly in my opinion.
Post # 25
Our wedding will be in mexico and we invited 120 and 50 will be attending 😉
Post # 26
I too was told to plan for a 20% dropoff. We ended up inviting 120 people and 85 people came. I’m not good at math, but I do know that’s way more than 20%! LOL.
Post # 27
We invited 22 couples. One local couple declined because they were in Taiwan and one plane-ride away couple declined because he’s a d-bag and didn’t bother to get time off. Most of our guest list (75%?) were far far away.
Post # 28
I’m still waiting on RSVPs to finish rolling in, but we are at about a 70% rsvp rate.
1/2 of our guests are a 4 hr drive away, the other half are a 1 hour drive away.
Post # 29
We had a Destination Wedding in Vegas and invited 90 people. 8 of them lived around the Vegas area. And we had a total of 27 people come to the wedding. So less than 30%.
Everyone else came from the east coast but due to financial issues, all of DH’s mom’s side came w/o their plus one and shared a room. A couple said they were going and backed out at the last minute….airfare was too high and one couple had just separated.
Post # 30
We invited approximate 70 people from the UK to come to the wedding, and out of this came 38, which I consider extremely good going considering it meant the majority had to do a 5 hour car journey in the UK to get to the only airport that flew to the closest airport here, a 3.5 hour flight, and another 2 hour train journey in a foreign country, as well as a 4 night stay because of flight availability. We actually got a better percentage out of that lot than we did the ones living a 2.5 hour distance away.
Post # 31
Good thread…and the answers are all over the board. I am very interested in this, too because 58 of my 60 invites live at least 900 miles away.