Post # 1
Hi all! Here’s the deal, my venue only holds 100 people. This allows us to invite family, no kids under 18, and a few friends. My list is at 111. Surely 11 people won’t come. I subtracted the amount of people who couldn’t come if they couldn’t get a babysitter. Brings me down to 76. My question is…Can I go ahead an invite a few more friends since 100% is rare to R.S.V.P. yes? I just feel like some out of towners won’t come and I would love to be able to invite some other people important in our lives that didn’t make the list. But, it would be pretty negative if I ended up with 150 people to jam into a space of 100. There is a patio area that we are allowed to use that doesn’t include the 100 count. It’s appetizers though. Not a sit down meal. Help!!!! 🙂
Post # 3
@TequilaSunrise: Make an A list and B list.
Send A list invites out first (this is your 111 list) with an earlier RSVP date. After you get more than 11 no’s then start sending out the B list invites.
B list-ers never have to know they were B list. Just have a different (later) RSVP date for them.
Post # 4
Can you wait until the no RSVPs start coming in and then re-evaluate? You might not even be allowed to have more than 100 people in there legally because out would be a fire hazard.
Post # 5
@TequilaSunrise: Hmm… I’d say a few more but not a lot more. About 15% of people who rsvp yes will still be no shows. Hope that helps 🙂
Post # 6
Thanks Bees. I love the idea of B list. 🙂
Post # 7
You should send out invitiations as if every person is going to come. and then send out extras as the no’s come in. Going over a little is okay since you most likel;y won’t get 100% attendance, but sending out a lot of extras could get you into trouble.