Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2015 - Calamigos Ranch
Hi Bees! I know, I know. It’s impossible to predict how many of your invited guests will actually RSVP. But I’m freaking out that I have a guest list of 132 and am really hoping for no more than 110 to RSVP. I’ve heard the rule of thumb, “don’t invite any more than you can afford/fit” but in this case the venue will fit 150 and our parents are more than happy to cover the costs. I just personally feel better about the costs and space set up associated with 110. I’d love to hear more about how many you all invited and how many actually RSVPed. And if more or less than RSVPed actually showed up, I’d love to hear that too. Thanks!
Post # 2
We invited 317 I believe, 276 RSVPd yes, and about 280 showed up.
Post # 3
We invted about 175-180 people and we had 150 RSVP yes. The day of, we probably had 5 people or so not show up who said they would. No one who wasn’t invited or RSVPed no showed up, so that was good.
I’ll also mention that we did not have a lot of out of town guests but did have a few family and friends who we invited out of respect but knew wouldn’t come.
Post # 4
This was a big concern of mine as well and one that hindered continuing my planning until I knew what to expect so I feel obligated to help out lol!<br /><br />We invited 167 (more than the 150 we wanted too invite, oops!) and we will be having a total of 138 people attending. So about a 20% decline which is what they kind of tell you to expect between 10 – 25% declines – hope this helps!
Post # 5
esaints2: we invited 220, but had 167 at the wedding (phew!) we were happy with that number. we realized AFTER the fact that we over invited and were hoping to get some no’s lol
Post # 6
esaints2: Invited 105 and we will have 85. Perfect for us!
Post # 7
Invited 180, 140 came. Great size. 🙂
Post # 8
esaints2: We invited 130 and had 94 show up. My dad wanted a lot of his work colleagues invited, so a lot of them declined (which was fine with me!). We also did it on a holiday weekend so a couple people couldn’t come due to that.
Post # 9
Our original guest list was at 183 which included everyone’s kids. We’re hoping for 100-125 at the absolute max, so we had to cut some people and I left off kids’ names on a lof of invitations to leave it ambiguous.
In the end, we invited 136 guests and I’m still chasing down several missing RSVPs, but so far we’ve got 78 adults and 8 kids coming so I predict we’re going to be at about a 30% decline at 96-ish guests. It seems like a high percentage, but we did invite a lot of people from out of town.
Post # 10
We invited 154 and ended up with 115. On the day of three people couldn’t make it so I had 112. I was terrified too but I originally budgeted for 115 so I got lucky!
Post # 11
I found the following very helpful from A Practical Wedding:
The Guest List
A huge amount of your other decisions, and costs, will be based on how many people will be attending your wedding. Book a venue with a fire code capacity of 95 and then realize you have 215 on your guest list? You may find yourself out a deposit, or in tears as you start crossing your cousins off the list. A key thing to remember: not everyone you invite is going to attend. My general rules about attendance are:
- under 50 invited: 90%+ attendance
- 75–100 invited: 75–90% attendance
- 100+ invited: 70–80% attendance
- 150+ invited: 65–75% attendance”
We invited 98 people, 73 rsvp’d yes.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
esaints2: We invited 94 and 78 are coming (not including me and FI) – so about 82% attendance. We are quite happy with the numbers!
Post # 13
Xu: Your rule was correct for us. We invited 175 and 120 RSVP yes. We will see how many show up in 2 weeks.
Post # 14
we invited 119 and have 110 as our final count.