Post # 1
My wedding will be in Hawaii in April 2019 and 170 guests are invited. We live in San Diego, so about a 6 hour nonstop $400-$600 economy flight to Hawaii. I am curious of the rate of declines that other destination brides have had for their weddings.
I have heard that destination weddings average 50% decline, but it would be nice to hear other brides experiences!
How many people did you invite?
How many accepted?
How far away was your wedding from the majority of the guests?
How much were flights?
Post # 2
We invited 29 people. 26 accepted. The only declines were the 3 children of 2 of the couples. They wanted a baby-free time! Our wedding was in Puerto Rico while we lived in Chicago, though half of our guest list would’ve had to fly no matter what as they were spread all over the country. We also helped cover some people’s expenses (flights/hotels). On average I would say flights were around $300.
Post # 3
We invited 51 guests, 48 attended. Our destination was an 8 hour car ride or $200 flight for most guests. We got married in the mountains during the summer so the cost of accommodations was very reasonable as well. We also invited everyone to a welcome dinner the night before the wedding and a farewell brunch the morning after. Covered the cost of food and drinks at all of the events to make the trip a little less expensive too. We had a great turn out which isn’t always the norm for destination weddings. Our friends got married down in the carribean and it was about $5k for flights/hotel for my husband and I to stay for 3 nights/4 days. Pretty pricey. Their decline rate was closer to 50%.
Post # 4
It was a destination for some and semi-destination for others.
Required atleast a 4 hour drive or few hundred dollar flight ($250-$400) and at least 1 night hotel stay for those close by. I had a big chunk of people flying from the otherside of the world ($1200 – $1900 just for flights) and everyone, including us, was out of state.
We invited about 115 people and had 85 come. Around 73%
Post # 5
We invited 200, 120 accepted 🙂 We live on Oahu, so though it’s a destination wedding for everybody else, it’s a wedding at home for us. Our families live in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong and scattered across Europe so there wasn’t really an ‘ideal’ place to do it.
Post # 6
karkar1234 : we invited about 180 andd had 90. our wedding was semi-destination (but what wedding isn’t these days?). it was a 2hr drive from us, and maybe 10 other guests. everyone else was coming from all over the country (and it was a 1hr drive from a mid-size airport, and 2 hours from the closest major airport). some guests drove 10+ hours to come; others flew across the country.
Post # 7
I think we invited about 150 but had 65 attend. Most guests who declined were from very far away (8 hour flight or longer).
Post # 8
Our wedding wasn’t a destination wedding for us but it was a minimum of an 8 hour drive for probably 90-95% of our guests.
We invited 117 and had 65 attend.
Post # 9
We invited 145 and have 75 people coming.
It’s an 8 hour drive or $200 flight. We also had about 15 people decline because kids were not invited to the 15 minute ceremony so we have mandatory babysitters for it (in the same venue).
Understandably some guests were not willing to leave their kids alone for the ceremony part.
Post # 10
We got married on St. Thomas and invited 88 people. I think exactly 50% came.
Post # 11
karkar1234 : ours was in Seattle, and while not a Destination Wedding in the traditional sense only 3 couples (MIL&FIL and two friends of DH’s and their wives) were local. That said, I keep making friends who are originally from Seattle so another 3 couples had family here they could visit while up here (making the trip more appealing).
Anyway, we invited 70, if you include all the plus ones (we gave everyone a plus one, even single friends) and our final head count was 40 (not including me and DH). So more than 50% came.. over 70% if you dont count the plus ones.
I will say, clearly since we only invited 70 they are all good friends or family, which may explain the higher than expected rate. Also, flying to Seattle from California (which is the flight i’d say 10-15 ppl made) is often under $200 per person for the round trip.. $100 if you get a good flight sale. So that for sure was a factor, too.
Post # 12
We had our wedding in Cancun, Mexico. We had 39 people, invited about 100. Most people came from Houston and Seattle. Honestly the possibility of having a low attendance rate comes with the territory of having a Destination Wedding, which is a blessing in my case 😉
Post # 13
We had exactly 50%. Invited 130 (after all of MILs additions) and 65 came. It was a 7h drive or $3-500 flight (most people drove because flights are so expensive in canada!).
Post # 14
We had a Destination Wedding in Hawaii and invited about 100 people, pretty evenly split between US and Australian guests. 33 of our guests came. I read somewhere that for Destination Wedding you can expect 50% decline if it’s domestic and 75% decline if it’s international, and that is pretty much what we saw at our wedding.
Post # 15
Thank you everyone for your responses!