Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I’m getting married in Prague in July, 2014. I live here. Much of my family lives in the US and my DI’s live in England. I am trying to get the Save-The-Date Cards out this coming week (we are currently in October).
The thing is, I feel like I can’t really plan much without knowing who is likely to come. I don’t need a hard number, but it could be as many as 150 or as few as 80, and that’s a big range! It means the difference between booking two rooms/bars or 1 at the venue. Do brides ever try to get a vague head count before the actaul invitation RSVPs come back? Or do I just have to chill out and wait?
And re: hotel block-bookings, do people go ahead and book without knowing who’s coming? This all seems so abstract, too, as it’s still far away in my head. My DI says we’re lagging and I just don’t know.
Post # 3
You kinda are lagging. I am having a destination wedding and I booked the venue and a hotel block at the resort before I even sent out Save-The-Date Cards and those went out well over a month ago. My wedding is 6/30, so close to yours.
Here’s my suggestion – I guestimated. We’re inviting about 60 people and I’m assuming and planning for about 40. However, if all 60 came, our venue could hold them all. Our destination isn’t as far/expensive for people as I’m assuming Prague would be (Europe in the summer is high season).
I got a good response after I sent my Save-The-Date Cards – so what I would do is, book the 1 room in the venue, send the Save-The-Date Cards and then ask around what people are thinking of doing, if you get a good amount over 80 saying they’re “definitely coming,” reserve the 2nd room. If not, then you’re good. But just know, some people will say yes when they ultimately will change their mind and rsvp no.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@prahajess: I think it’s a good idea to call/email/Facebook-message everyone you’ve invited and try to gauge whether or not they’ll come. If I were your friend/relative, I wouldn’t be offended if you asked – you need to know so you can make preparations, and that’s totally understandable!
Regarding the hotel block – I’m not sure if things are different in Prague, but here, a lot of hotels will allow you to reserve a block without putting any money down. If some of the rooms aren’t booked by a certain date (usually ~1 month before the event), they’ll “release” the rooms to the public and they’re no longer reserved. We booked a hotel block about 6 months in advance, and not all of the rooms were reserved so the hotel released them 1 month before our wedding.
Prague can get so crowded with tourists during the summer that I definitely think it’s a good idea for you to reserve a hotel block soon!
Post # 5
I’m doing a semi-destination wedding (we live in Scotand, the fiances family lives in England, my family is West Coast). I am sending out save the dates in the next few weeks and am hoping people do give me a hint of yes or no. I’ll probably send some personal emails around the holidays in hopes that people will give me a hint. We’re inviting 76, know for sure that there will be at least 6 nos, and hoping to end up around 60.