Post # 1
we’re just starting to put together our guest list and i may have seen it on weddingbee (at this point, i can’t remember) but just wondering if anyone had created an excel sheet or some document that could forecast the % of guests that would likely attend. i may be crazy, i know it exists on some software, but i’m sure i’ve seen a bee write about it or created her own.
Post # 3
I’ve always heard that about 20% of the invited guests wouldn’t come, so I based things on that calculation.
200 guests invited – 20% (40 people)= 160 will come.
I think we will have more than that though now that RSVPs are rolling in, so you might want to estimate about 15% or so not coming.
Sorry, have never heard of a program that figures that stuff out for you…good luck!
Post # 4
Here’s what we did:
In excel, we put everyone’s name in their own cell, in their own row.
Next to their name, we put their likelyhood of coming as a percentage.
Then we totaled the likelihoods and came up with our guest estimate.
So we were 100% certain Paul would make it, 20% for John and George and Ringo were 50% each. So we have an estimated attendance of 2.2
Post # 5
Got it! That’s perfect and will work really well in my Excel sheet since I haven’t grouped people together.
Thanks, Meduzagirl & Weazie. Really appreciate it!
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom
I would concur that our decline rate was 20% with about 85-90% of our guests from in-town. I’d say if you over invite by 15%, you should be pretty safe.