(Closed) A long way to travel – what % of your guests came?

posted 10 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Outside of immediate family, what percentage of your OOT guests came?

    Less than 25%

    25-50%

    50-75%

    Greater than 75%

  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    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
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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 # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Our wedding will be in mexico and we invited 120 and 50 will be attending 😉

    Post # 26
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    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
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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.

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