(Closed) HELP! Cut the guest list or find new venue

posted 12 years ago in Reception
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    Go with the venue you love (zoo), cut the guest list

    Switch back to the basic civic center and not have to worry about guest list but spend tons on decor

  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee

    First of all, if your venue holds 160 comfortably, then you don’t have to cut your guest list down to 160 because you can typically expect 20% of your guest list won’t be able to attend.  Assuming this ratio holds true to you, then you could have a guest list of 200 and be fine.  

    The zoo venue is so beautiful – you should seriously consider it!

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I agree with texasmeredith, not everyone you invite is going to show up.  Also, just remember this is your wedding!  You need to choose the place that makes you the happiest.  It obviously sounds as though the zoo is where you’d like to be, so just chop down a bit of your list and go for what you want 🙂

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I agree, go with the zoo – you shouldn’t have to cut the list too much once you consider those who won’t be able to attend. We are hoping for 120 but are inviting about 150, assuming that we’ll get some declines.

    Post # 6
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I say go with the zoo and cut the list.  It’s your wedding so you should enjoy it!  Some peoples feelings may get hurt but hopefully they’ll get over it and some people you invite may not be able to make it either

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Go with the zoo!

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I would never rely on the ‘estimated no rate.’  While I had 80/135 show up, I knew a girl that had 124/127 attend.  But I would say cut the list, make a B list, and go with the zoo.

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I wish we had a zoo like that near us Laughing

    Just gonna ditto what Johnsbride said – cut down the list, but keep a B list, and send those out when any “no”s come back.

    Post # 12
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I don’t think it’s worth cutting people for a place.  People are more important.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    If you won’t feel bad not having these people at your wedding, then I say you should cut some people and go with the zoo. The zoo is a great venue and I really wish I would have gone with one of the zoos here but they were a little out of my budget unfortunately. I definitely think you should do the zoo and you probably won’t have to cut many people because as many people have already mentioned, there are a lot of people that won’t be able to make it.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’d say 10-20% is pretty standard… so I’d say look at your list and see if you would be OK cutting the people you would.  I have sections of the “family” “close knit group of friends” “sorority sisters” and others so cutting can be easier later 😉  I’d trim it down a little bit and book the zoo.  BUT… if those people you would trim are really important than perhaps stay with the orig. plan.  I would personally choose people over venue… but I think your list is close for the zoo’s size.  

    Have they given you a max. capacity for a seated meal?  Or have you thought of doing instead of a sweetheart table a “head table” for you and the wedding party?  Or not doing a buffet?  

    Your list is so close when you take into account the can’t make it.

    (plus, there’s an annoying trend right now of people canceling day of… I think you could do both your list and the zoo, but talk to the coordinator there or your own coordinator….)

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    i completely agree with chachacha.

    i LOVE the zoo venue and as with the above posts, you can expect a 10-20% decline anyway. =)

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