Post # 1
Just curious bees, if we invite 65 people of which 12 are FI’s family from out of town, how many people could we expect to attend? We are only inviting close family and friends who we speak to and see several times a year.
If it makes any difference, my family live locally and I am pretty much 99% sure that all of my family members will come, same with his local family and friends.
Post # 3
How long is a piece of string?
Basically no one can give you a definate answer because every wedding and every guest list is different.
When planning a wedding it is wise to expect and budget for every guest that you invite. That way you will not be caught short if everyone RSVP’s yes.
Post # 4
I’d say 55 or more, but the PP is also correct that there’s really no way of knowing.
Post # 5
@mepayne: I understand that there isn’t really any way of knowing until the time actually comes, I guess I was hoping that from other people’s experiences or estimates that they may have some idea.. just so I can budget correctly 🙂
Post # 6
@sunshinewish15: Budget for the amount of guests that you invite. It is as easy as that really.
Post # 7
I agree that there’s no way of knowing, but I was in a very similar situation if that helps. Most of the 59 people we invited were either family or very close friends. We had 10 decline. I’m sure you will get some people who can’t come, but if it’s mostly family and close friends I would expect almost everyone to make it.
Post # 8
@j_jaye: +1 So than you wil have some nice wiggle room if/when some do decline but you won’t be scrambling to come up with the extra money if more say yes than you expect.
Post # 9
We are going with the common assumption that 20% decline. Our venue allows 240 people so we just subtracted 10 as a buffer and added 20%, allowing us to invite 275 people. Some guests are older and live a ways away so we are assuming they won’t come we are more inviting out of curtiosy, and not everyone will have a plus one.
Post # 10
We invited 144 (including several elderly grandparents we KNEW couldn’t travel) and we are looking at about 125 attending. Attendance is very high as we sent out STD’s early and it’s not busy wedding season for many of our friends. 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
The general rule is to estimate 10% declines for under 100 guests.
Post # 12
We had 100% yes accept. Invites were extended to 37 people, plus ten +1’s for all single guests. Only 2 people said they’d bring a +1. Of those, one arrived solo and the other (my sister) was a no show and about a week before one guest let me know she’d be coming solo and leaving her DH at home to watch the kids. 🙂
Post # 13
With that few people, I’d assume you’re pretty close with all of them, to the point where all of them would make it a priority to come to your wedding. I’d bet 55 or 60 come.