(Closed) How many people invited vs How many people RSVP’d (or showed up)

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
2680 posts
Sugar bee

Most people typically count on anywhere from 10-20% decline, depending on if you have alot of out of town guests, people you know cant make it, etc.  We invited 320 for our wedding and ended up having 220 RSVP yes.

Post # 4
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We invited 360 guests (our venue could hold 365 maximum…let’s just say this girl has been FREAKING out waiting for rsvps back)  We have received all of the rsvps back–some in the version of me calling for verification–and we have about 290 “yes” guests. That is a 20% decline rate.

Post # 5
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I invited exactly 61 and 1 declined; I had 4 no shows out of the 60–one was ill and had to taken care of by her mother  and my cousin had an illness prompting hospitalization so she and her hubby and daughter did not come



it depends on how close ouo are to the people you invite; in my case, I invited everyone we were close to only 6-pure family and local friends so the response rate was very high1; so the decline rate was very very low

Post # 6
5153 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@ilovenyc I am a little bit worried about “no-shows” as well..:/

Post # 7
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

yep, when you invite purely family, those that say yes will definitely come, when you start to invite extended family and out of town friends, the chances of no shows become higher and declining beomce higher i noticed—I was waiting for declines, nope almost everyone said yes, even my far flung from across the world (my mother’s sister who I had lived with for one year) so again it depends on the degrees of separation


peopel closer will say yes and come


people not so close will decline and will be the category you’ll have no shows

Post # 8
98 posts
Worker bee

We have room for 150 and invited 180 people. We felt pretty nervous about it at the time, but as of a few days ago, only 105 people had RSVPed. I added it all up, and if all the people who didn’t RSVP showed up, we would be at 140. So, it worked out just fine for us. I am still expecting some straggler RSVPs. I should add, though, that over half of our guests were from out of town. I’ve read that the decline rate jumps to like 25-30% for out of towners. (I actually read 40% somewhere too, but that hasn’t been our experience thus far.) I think even if you invited the full 125 you would be fine. Good luck!

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