(Closed) guest count and % of no-shows

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We were expecting 150. 147 showed up, but then we also had 3 “dates” arrive, so it balanced out.

ETA – I think our original guest list was about 180. We knew our family/friends overseas woudn’t be able to make it but we still sent them invites.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

We invited about 80, ended up with 65 (which is what we hoped for). I think thats about 81%.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Wait till you get the RSVPs, seriously.  I said the same exact thing you did for the same reason.  OUr friends/family have been WAITING for this day and since we’ve been planning for a 1 1/2 yrs (on top of the long relationship) everyone had ample time to prepare. 

Truth?  We sent out 150 invites and the RSVP date is tomorrow.  So far I have 91 rsvps.  lol  And I am shocked to see some of the ppl cxling … but the fact is, things in life happen at the most inopportune times.  Things happen, to everyone.  So, remember that.

So, I figure after making phone calls next week, we’ll probably end with 110-115.  ALOT less than ALL the ppl we thought were attending (since most are the wedding party and family).  But, there ya go … wait for the rsvp before anything.  That will give you a much better idea

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I think A TON of people hope a certain amount of guests will RSVP “no”. We’re inviting about 80 and hoping for 60. We’ll see how it goes.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d love to do what njm1313 suggested, but I just can’t invite 160 people and hope abunch don’t show. Because in the unlikely event that they do, we’d have no place to put them and no food for them. I think we’ll end up doing an A/B list. Inviting the must invites and waiting for some responses before sending the rest.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@kala_way: First off, LOVE your picture (neverending story!!!)  lol  Awesome!

Secondly, yep … its scary to do what I did and I don’t recommend it to everyone (that’s for sure).  But, I was late sending out our invites so I didn’t have time to come up with an A/B list.  But that’s a great idea too!!!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We invited about 375, maybe a few more.  We had a few last minute invites. 

225 RSVP’d yes, and we had about 200 show.  YES, we had about 25 no-shows.  If I think about it too much, it makes me want to punch a lamp.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@njm1313:woohoo! I know, she’s so pretty even if equating her with bridal is a little creepy since she’s like 12, lol

Right now I’m just crossing my fingers and hoping it works. I’m so anal about planning that the human factor really freaks me out.

Hope you don’t have a bunch show up with no RSVP’s! I’ve heard horror stories of that.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

According to our venue co-ordinator the average is 20-30% refusals.People always have stuff that affects these things.

I’m kind of hoping for it, too: many of our guests are people we do have to invite, but it’s really not going to ruin our day if they don’t come, you know?

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Just wanted to say that it’s totally OK to have kids in the wedding party and have no kids invited as guests.  I’ve seen it done many times.

My worry is that everyone will respond yes and then we’ll have a bunch of cancellations the week of or worse, no shows since we are Out of Town for most guests.  Only time will tell. We are shooting for 150 invited with 120 max accepting.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Invited 154, will have 80 attend. If anyone no-shows I will be pissed bc we’re paying for their dinner! lol

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I invited 113…95 yes. ZERO no shows!! Woo-hoo!

My sister had 5 no shows out of 115.

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