(Closed) Average number of guests flying/driving to wedding?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

What an interesting post!

I am not sure to respond in parties or actual guest since those driving in parties would have a smaller footprint per guest (I am assuming anyways). 

At any rate I will give you guest since that is what you asked for (Note this is not actual turnout this is invited only).  Also I imagine that my Carbon footprint might be bigger than most as there are no airports in the city (Ocala, FL) which I am getting married, so all guest who fly will also have to drive a minimum of 90 miles!

187 Total Guest:

  •  Driving (greater than 20 miles within FL)

    • 34 Guest

  • Flying 

    • 1 from Korea
    • 5 from Arkansas
    • 2 from Arizona
    • 1 from California
    • 2 from Georgia
    • 2 from Illinios
    • 5 from Indiana
    • 8 from Minnesota
    • 4 from Missouri
    • 10 from Montana
    • 2 from New Jersey
    • 18 from New Mexico
    • 1 from Oklahoma
    • 27 from Pennsylvania
    • 10 from Texas

Yikes…So there you have it.  I am afraid to even know my Carbon Footprint for this event.

Good Luck planning!

Post # 4
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Wow – I’m not going to be quite as detailed here.  We had 140 guests.  Of those ~50 were from in town (drove less than 15 miles round trip).  Another ~60 were from within the state (drove between 3 hours and 7 hours round trip).  The remaining ~30 were from out of state.  Of those, 2 drove (MI To WA); 2 rode motorcycles (CA to WA); and the rest flew (from CA, CO, NM, and NV). 

I think the days when few of the guests travelled are pretty much over – along with the days when you automatically lived in the same town as your parents, and married locally as well.  My husband’s family is actually from the same state as mine, but we have both lived all over the western half of the country.  Even though we live in my hometown, my family is strewn across the state.  I think most people are in similar positions.

Post # 6
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

120 guest list (these numbers are approximate… I apologize!) to California

20 in town (no driving)

20 drove 100 miles or less

40 drove/flew approx 300 miles

30 flew 2000 miles

10 flew half way around world (from Thailand)

I guess we had a huge carbon footprint as well 🙁

Post # 7
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

we had just under 100 people, and about half flew in since I’m from California and we got married in New York.  That’s a huge carbon footprint! 

Post # 8
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

125 guests in NYC

11 flew from San Jose, CA

10 flew from Vancouver, Canada

4 flew from Hong Kong

2 flew from Chicago

90 took the subway and/or drove from Tri-state area


In all fairness, we’re having a second wedding reception in Hong Kong next week, so only we’re flying back. I suppose that does keep the carbon footprint down, rather than ask dozens of people fly from HK to NY

Post # 9
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Wow this is interesing. So all mine is up in the air as the wedding isn’t July 09 but based on what i know about certain people and only counting those who are pretty much 100% coming and knowing what they think they will be doing for travel i have 89 people flying in at least 500+ miles, 28 people driving 20+ miles, and 34 people driving less than 20 miles. I guess the only good thing is that my guests get to come to Sunny Southern California so their trip (however they get here) will be worth it.

Post # 10
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I am having a wedding in Chicago.  So far, the plan is:

 25–flying from the west coast

40–driving 100-200 miles

50–driving less than 100 miles

60–driving less than 20 miles

Post # 11
9 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

My fiance and I are getting married in semi-rural MT, which is about a 3 hour drive from where we live. So the minimum amount people will be travelling is 3 hours by car and the maximum distance would be flying from Europe.

We’re inviting about 140 people and it breaks down like this:

20~Driving 3 hours

20~Driving 8 hours

5~Flying 800 miles (CA)

80~Flying 2000 miles (most of our friends and family live on the east coast)

10~Flying 2500 miles (carribean and southern US)

10~Flying 3500 miles (europe)


Post # 12
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Interesting question…. because my wedding isn’t until next September this is an invite list:

My total guest list is 238 – the curse of the joining of two large Italian families. I did not distinguish individual vehicle trips but just the number of people coming from a location to my wedding in Philadelphia, Pa. I left out elderly relatives we know can’t make the trip but will be invited.


from Cleveland: 34

from Bethlehem (1.5 hours to Philly) 49

from Reading, Pa: 4

from State College, Pa. : 2

From NJ: 10

From NY: 3

from Washington DC: 8

From VA:5

From Baltimore: 5

From NC: 8

From Mass. : 5

Locals Driving less than an hour: 62


From Chicago:8

From Ohio: 2

From Texas:6

From California: 12

From Detroit: 8

From Arizona: 2

From Louisiana: 2

From Colorado: 2

Whew, that was interesting. I’m sure our carbon footprint is much larger than yours. 


Post # 13
29 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

 We are having 36 ppl, including us, our wedding is in Vancouver BC.

 17 live locally and will drive (hopefully carpooling)

 2 will fly/drive from Calgary, Alberta

 14 will fly from Toronto, Ontario


Hope this helps!

Post # 14
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We chose a place that was equal distance to my mom and dad and his…


100 ppl driving 50-100 miles ( 1 driving just under 1000 miles…he doesn’t fly)

4 flying from Cali

15 flying from South Carolina

5 flying from Florida

30 flying from North Carolina

10 fyling from Illinios

1 flying from Minnisota

Only 5 people or so are within 30 miles

Post # 15
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We will have about 50 guests.

About 15 of those live locally.

About 25 will be driving-less than 300 miles- to attend.

Only about 5 will be flying in from other parts of the country.


Post # 16
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

Wow good question.  Our weddings is in the Riviera Maya so I may throw off your totals:

Flying to cancun from:

Michigan –  about 20 people

Illinios – 6 people

Wisconsin – 6 people


For our at home reception (in Michigan):

1 hour drive: about 150 people (we live inbetween our two families)

Illinios – 6 people

Wisconsin – 6 people

Arkansas – 8 people

Florida – 2 people


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