(Closed) Ceremony.. How many guests did you invite? How many showed up?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What percentage showed up?
    100%-76% : (21 votes)
    81 %
    75%-51% : (4 votes)
    15 %
    50%-26% : (1 votes)
    4 %
    less than 25% : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    414 guests invited.

    260 RSVP’ed yes.

    250ish attended- we had somewhere between 6 and 10 no-shows.

    Same number of guests invited to ceremony and reception.

    Note: We invited a large number of out of town guests- probably close to 50%.

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee

    100%.

    The ceremony and reception are a package deal. You don’t invite guests to one or the other.

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    We had a little destination weekend on the coast. As I recall we invited 20, 16 were able to come. It was a destination for everyone though and somewhat short notice though and a time when a couple of them we knew would be hard pressed to get away from work for an entire weekend, but that was just the way it worked out.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Our wedding was 175 guests.  Out of that number around 150 came to the ceremony.  Some of the ones that didn’t still irk me.  Ahem… DH’s uncle.  

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We had 230 come to our wedding and I would guess that 150-180 came to the ceremony.  However, it was a Catholic mass complete with a 2 hour gap between the ceremony and reception so our 75-ish% attendance rate was actually pretty good.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @lstyle25:  Asian or catholic?  We had no gap.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @lstyle25:  I invited 250 and got 200 RSVPs. Because of culture, I knew all of them wouldn’t show up to the ceremony and only rented 175 chairs for the ceremony. 

    On the day of the wedding, probably only 150 showed up to the ceremony (about 190 at the reception total). I was disappointed that I had a bunch of extra chairs because it was just a waste of money.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @lstyle25:  No, they RSVP’d for both ceremony and reception at the same time. I’m West African and it’s quite common that guests will show up later for the reception only. I tried to avoid that by having the ceremony and reception in the same place but it didn’t work as well as I hoped. I still loved my wedding nevertheless!

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