Post # 1
Hello Bee’s can you tell me how many guests you invited to your diner and how many actually rsvp’d? Our hall only fits 176 max for diner and we have a guest list of around 170 right now. I have included + 1’s on the people im pretty sure will bring someone with but we actually are only hoping for around 140 – 150 people so the hall isnt so crowded. When we booked the hall we only figured we would be sending out around 150 invites but we under guessed. We attended a wedding in the same hall before with the max tables set and it was really crowded and kind of uncomfortable so im hoping to avoid this.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@mjwyatt84: I dont think thats tacky. Especially if you just started somewhere new.
Post # 6
invited 310, and 230 came. Your numbers are totally fine! There’s no way everyone can make it. I wouldn’t worry!
Post # 7
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
We invited 265 and have about 190 coming. Half our guest list was from out of town.
Post # 9
@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
I invited close to 350 and about 250 showed.
Post # 11
My wedding had travel (500+ miles) for 75% of the guests – invited 186, 124 attending.
Post # 12
showed up- a little under 200
Post # 14
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
Said yes: 104
Showed up: 100
Post # 16
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.