Post # 17
I was not comfortable with the idea of inviting even one person more than the number my venue could hold. However, because I knew that I would get some declines, I had my calligrapher prepare envelopes for my top B-list guests, and as soon as we received word from some of our extended family who were not able to attend, I was putting more invitations into the mail. I continued this process (asking the calligrapher to prepare additional envelopes as I went along) until it became too late to invite additional guests.
By doing this, I was able to invite a number of friends who were not able to be on our original guest list.
Post # 18
We can have any number at the wedding, I guess. But we’re aiming for 75ish and inviting about 100. It’s normal to expect some declines, but I wouldn’t mess with it if you have a strict cut off for the venue size.
Post # 19
@JenGirl: Thanks that’s true I mean since it’s a local wedding I think a lot of people are going to come! I am going to play it on the safe side and go ahead and do what a pp poster said, maybe invite 80 guests even though we are targeting 75. If we happen to go over 5 people, it really wouldn’t be the end of the world!
Post # 20
Yes we are. Some of them live half across the world and I can’t imagine they will come. Like my FI’s grandparents. He wants to invite them but they live in england and I really doubt they will come
Post # 21
Our venue held 120 for a seated dinner, we invited 112, and 99 showed up, which was still more then what we wanted, we were aiming for 80-85 final count.