(Closed) Guest List: Number invited vs. number attending

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

170 invited, 153 attended.

Typical decline is 10%, that does not include last minute cancellations and no shows

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We were 145 invited; 116 attended = exactly 80% yes.  We gave everyone a plus one and many people chose to fly solo.

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We invited about 70, 55 attended.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It also depends on if your wedding is local, how many Out of Town guest you have etc. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

Typical decline rate seems to be 20%, on average.

Invited 100,guests that came, 85.

Invited 140,guests that came was 121.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

we invited 110 and 75 came, some of the ones invited though we knew would not show up. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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 # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We invited 208 (or 212, I can’t remember); 148 actually attended.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Invited 260? 270? We had exactly 200 rsvp yes, but about 5 last-minute cancellations.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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.  

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