(Closed) How many guests did you invite and how many actually attended?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Im having the same issue. Our venue is paid for for 150 guests  Anything over that we pay $55 a person. Nowthat rsvp deadline has passed we are at 140. Out of 192 invited (with plus one. Is it tacky to ask a few people last minute? Like my coworkers cause I just started at a new school jn Aug so they werent on my original list. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My situation isn’t that helpful to you, but I’ll post it in case someone else is in a similar position and reading.

We extended 255 invitations. That included about 50 +1’s where they are single (when we knew the BF/GF’s name, we put it, the 50 does not include those that we named).

Our wedding is out of town for 100% of guests (minimum drive of 2 hours, most in the 3 hour range, about 15% out of state though), because our two sides are so spread out we picked something in the middle rather than sticking it to one side.

We are expecting right at 120 guests plus vendors. So our acceptance rate is VERY low. But… you have to take all those +1’s and the out of town feature into consideration. Only 8 or 9 people are bringing +1’s.

I could comfortably fit about 160 in my reception area (but did have a backup plan in the same location if we did get more than that). I was hoping to come in closer to 140, but oh well! 120 it is 🙂 It does give us more options with the tables (using some different shapes, not squeezing people in tight, etc), which is nice.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

invited 310, and 230 came. Your numbers are totally fine! There’s no way everyone can make it. I wouldn’t worry!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We invited about 230 (including vendors, significant others, & +1s to wedding party members or guests who were traveling), we were expecting around 190, however due to a few unforseen illnesses we had 9 people no-show.  So our official total was closer to 180 out of a total possible guest count of 230. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We invited 265 and have about 190 coming.  Half our guest list was from out of town.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Beasha:  Invited 315 and 275 ended up coming, more than 275 RSVP’d but the day of some people were sick and such. I think they say expect for 15-20% not to come.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I invited close to 350 and about 250 showed.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My wedding had travel (500+ miles) for 75% of the guests – invited 186, 124 attending. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

invited- 309

accepted- 223

showed up- a little under 200

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

72 invited

57 accepted

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

There are some brides who have 100% attendence (and I’ve seen them on wedding boards panicking that they don’t have enough room).  Make sure your venue can accommodate your entire guest list, with plus 1s, before you send invitations.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Invited: 150
Said yes: 104
Showed up: 100 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Our wedding is in 16 days!  We have a final count of 110 and invited 150, so a decline rate of about 26% – I dont know what is considered “Average”. We were hoping everyone we invited could make it but we understand that isnt possible. We had 4 four couples decline because of prenancies and newborns right around the wedding date. We guaranteed our venue with 125 – and now that we are 15 people short, although it’s not much but its adds up with the per person cost. We arent expecting to get money back, but we are going to try to negotiate a few extras to compensate for less heads. Thats 15 less people they wont have to feed or serve alcohol to, so we just want that money to go towards something else.

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