(Closed) How many people can you expect to NOT come?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

They say, as a general rule, to expect 80% of your invited guests to attend. With that said, I’ve heard of brides with near 100% of guests come to less than 50%.

Post # 4
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Every vendor told me to expect 15-20% not to come. Also, you have to

take into account how many Out of Town guests and if it is a holiday weekend.

Post # 5
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@gelaine22:  +1.

Take in to account of the date.. is it on a day that they might have previous plans? Also, how many are OOT? How many have to fly in? How much money does each guest have to spend to GET to your wedding? [airfare, train tickets, car rental, food, hotel, attire].. how many are having financial trouble or might not have the means to make it?

Post # 6
3277 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am also wondering this. We’re inviting about 60 more people than the venue holds with some guests coming from across the country/world. I’m not expecting everyone to come, but it’s possible they will. Hopefully it will work out for you!

Post # 8
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

That sounds like a lot of extra people to me. :-X I know a lot of people say this is a no-no, but have you considered an A-List and a B-List? 

Post # 9
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

i would say expect about 20 % not to come. my wedding is on labor day weekend and my fiance’s guests are all out of state. so i think my 20% rose to about 50% hehe

Post # 10
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m inviting 140 and my venue can seat MAX 134, and I’m nervous. I think it really depends on your guest list, you know them best so you know who to expect and who not too (granted things do come up, but still, you should be able to gauge it just by looking st your own list). 

Post # 11
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We had a set price for 150 people. We invited 187 (well sent invites to 173, the others were added because people asked if they could bring someone that we hadn’t accounted for a plus 1 and we said yes). Right now we have only gotten 20 NOs. Still waiting on 23 more people’s responses. We have 139 confirmed yes and am pretty sure we will get at least 11 more (our RSVP date is Fri). If we go over the 150, we are prepared to pay the $55 a person, but we just don’t want to pay if they aren’t going to show up!IF the 20% rule worked for us, we would be FINE (over by like 1 maybe) so I think it just depends where you live and how nmany out of towners want to come to your wedding. Ours is Vegas, everyone wants to come LOL

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