(Closed) Holy Cow! How do guest lists seem to grow overnight?

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Did your guest list grow like a plant pumped full of miracle gro, too?
    Yes, it now has its own zip code : (32 votes)
    52 %
    No, I beat it into submission : (24 votes)
    39 %
    I haven't even attempted this daunting task yet. I hope to make it through the process unshaken. : (5 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Yep, exact same thing happened to me! It’s totally, totally out of control. I know everyone on my parents list save 1 couple, but I know my mom kept the list pretty tame to what it could have been. Mr. KM’s list was kinda a “whaaaaaaaat?!” surprise cause he said he’d only have like, 12 people. Uh huh. Sure. I just didn’t expect it to be THAT big.

    Post # 4
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    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m afraid to look at the final numbers, but I’m pretty sure they’re way over what we had intended.  It seems that every week someone remembers someone they forgot to invite, whether its my parents, his parents or us.  I feel horrible saying that I hope some people can’t make it!

    Post # 5
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    305 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    ive found the easiest way to tackle the guest list is to start out with a maximum number of guests you want to invite. from there you can figure out who you want to invite and who you dont. we’re only inviting 150. anyone not invited is still welcome at the reception after the dinner is overwith.

    Post # 6
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    2397 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Haha love the poll.  Our guest list is totally out of control!  I try not to think about it too much, or I get nervous.

    Post # 8
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    408 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    It did get a bit out of hand, but we have managed pretty well to tame it!

    Post # 9
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    1207 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    Ours got way out of hand.  I wanted 150, and we ended up inviting 276!  But, only 150 ended up coming to the wedding, so it worked out.

    Post # 10
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    5822 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Because of the type of wedding we had and the fact that we paid for everything ourselves, we never gave our parents a piece of the guest list pie.  Looking back I do actually feel bad about that, but we paid for EVERYTHING and then some, so we couldn’t have afforded more people!

    Post # 11
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    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    As long as your parents are paying to have these guests there! 

    My parents wanted to do the same, but our venue can only fit 22 tables of 8, so 176 guests! 

    Our preliminary guest list was over 230 and by now would have been closer to 300 if we didn’t have the venue size restriction!

    Post # 12
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    2718 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Yup. We keep remembering people or run into someone that we know, and didn’t plan on inviting, but invited other mutual friends, and then had to invite them that way.

    Post # 13
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Ours is totally out of control…my Fiance has a much  bigger family than I ever knew, and since he has so many relatives, my parents seem to think it’s a competition, and keep adding people to their list! I’m going to know like a quarter of the people there…

    Post # 14
    Bee
    2362 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

    I’d say the guest list was among the most stressful parts of planning so far…it seems to me like it’s a rite of passage!

    Post # 16
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    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Our guest list is growing to the point that I’m starting to cross my fingers for “no” replies! And even with the exra invites I made, we are now cutting it close!!

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