Post # 1
Our venue holds 240 at MAX.
Our guest list is at 310 people without having my FMIL’s additions. It’s hard to get that from her for some weird reason.
How many people are not going to be able to make it? I am scared I will invite all these people and we won’t have as many no’s as we thought and then be over capacity.
Post # 3
As a general rule, plan for everyone to come, or at least figure out a contingency plan in case they do all come.
Post # 4
they say that 25% of your guestlist won’t attend.
for us, we invited a total of 309. 223 accepted and i think 194 actually showed up.
are a lot of your guests from out of town? are you having an adults only reception? those are things to take into consideration also. my family is willing to travel, so that wasn’t really an issue, but we were trying to keep the the kid count as low as possible, so a lot of people declined because of that.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
It depends on your guests, if many have to travel, or if the wedding isn’t at a convenient time, your list will be shorter than most. But if everyone is local, you could get a higher than usual turn out– It’s a BAD idea to invite more guests than you have room for though, it almost never turns out well.
Just for reference, we only had 2 couples from our guest list who couldn’t make it– 1 was on vacation that week, and another couldn’t afford the cross country plane tickets; everyone else was able to come. So it just depends on your guests.
Post # 6
Our wedding is taking place only about 15 mins from our hometown and we have only a handful of out of town guests. I was afraid of inviting that many people but my stepmom who does event planning said that only 50% will show. I really disagree and am nervous about inviting this many people. The wedding is at 5 pm on a Sat – 9/14/13. I have a feeling we won’t get many “no’s”. =/
Post # 7
@countrylove: Wow, 50% is really low! I think if you are planning a community or corporate event that might be true, but I can’t imagine a turnout that low for a wedding in your hometown.
Post # 8
I did an A list and B list. My A list consist of what we agreed would be our max guest count due to our budget which was 135, we ending up inviting 139, we went over a little, but not by many. As we get regrets back we will send out to our B list which totals 9 people. I think you should do the same thing. You A list would be the 240 capacity, your B list will be the remaining 70. Just send your wedding invitations out earlier than you normally would have, as you get regrets from the A list, send out an invitation to the B list. DO NOT INVITE 310 people when your venue can only hold 240, its asking for trouble.
Post # 9
Thanks for all your help guys! You all rock!