Post # 1
Hello ladies, I’m posting this at my FI’s request .
We’re just narrowing down a few details on our choice of reception venue and one of the deciding factors may be the likelyhood of having to pay overages at one venue.
Our top pick right now has a minimum requirement of 180 guests, and if you are below that, you pay $35/’person’ for any missing seats under the 180 (ex: if only 170 people end up being confirmed in the 2 days before the event, we have to pay $350 for the 10 people to make up to the 180, if that makes sense).
FI’s curious though what a typical decline rate is, since our guest list is right now at 208 people. He’s worried that we’ll say have 50 people decline and end up having to pay $770 for all those extra “No’s”.
So for those of you who are married or who have your RSVP’s in already, could you please post your total number of people invited and your total ‘accepts’. If you did an A and B list please mention that as well (we won’t be doing an A and B list).
Post # 3
170 invited, 153 attended.
Typical decline is 10%, that does not include last minute cancellations and no shows
Post # 4
We were 145 invited; 116 attended = exactly 80% yes. We gave everyone a plus one and many people chose to fly solo.
Post # 5
We invited about 70, 55 attended.
Post # 6
It also depends on if your wedding is local, how many Out of Town guest you have etc.
Post # 7
Typical decline rate seems to be 20%, on average.
Invited 100,guests that came, 85.
Invited 140,guests that came was 121.
Post # 8
we invited 110 and 75 came, some of the ones invited though we knew would not show up.
Post # 9
i think the decline average is around 10% of invited. of course this varies with amount of out of town and overseas guests.
we had a small wedding. we invited 44 people and had 38 guests accept. the only declines were from overseas and we weren’t really expecting them.
Post # 10
We have a lot of ‘local’ out of towners (as in within a 1-3 hour drive distance) and maybe 30 people who would have a 12+hour drive or a flight. Pretty much the only people I’m putting in the “Probably will not come” are FI’s 2 cousins from France. I’m 99% sure that all the other out of town (both near and far) will come if they can, given what I know about my family and given what Fiance knows about his family.
Post # 11
We invited around 130.
We had 100 RSVP yes, with about 6 calling us and telling us they wouldn’t be able to make it after we got their “yes.”
We had 78 show up the day of.
Not sure what the percentages are on that.
Post # 12
We invited 208 (or 212, I can’t remember); 148 actually attended.
Post # 13
Invited 260? 270? We had exactly 200 rsvp yes, but about 5 last-minute cancellations.
Post # 14
We invited 199 and got 130, so a 34% decline rate. This was not entirely unexpected though, as we’ve got plenty of family with young children on the opposite ends of the country, poor grad students friends, people living abroad, etc etc.
Post # 15
We invited 110 and got 75
We are paying for a minimum 100 people at $55 per head so instead of it being $55 per head it’s more like $73 per head. I justify that being it is in Sydney CBD, has a dance floor and includes our MC/DJ and the food is great. Alternatives in the area were MUCH more expensive.
Basically we’re paying $1375 for empty seats but I still love my venue and our number of guests. Might still be worth the $35 for the empties, depending on how much u love it
Post # 16
We invited 225 and our final head count is 135 (so 60%). We also invited a ton of out of town guests that we knew would not be able to attend since my Fiance is on the East Coast. We were expecting to get a lot of “no” RSVPs. I’ve seen some blogs that say that a typical wedding has between 70-80% acceptance rate. It depends how many guests are local, how much notice you give, day and time of the wedding, etc. All of my recently married friends told me there are always a few people who RSVP “yes” but end up not showing up the day of, for one reason or another. But you’re still stuck paying for the meals. It sucks but I guess things come up at the last minute sometimes.