Post # 1
I have 130 people on my guest list currently. Most of my family live at least 24 hours away by car, (not in the same location either). I’m scared no one will end up coming to my wedding. how do i deal with this when looking at venues? I want to look at venues for 120 people but i’m scared like 80 people will show up. i don’t want a huge venue to look empty when the actual number of guests show up. ideas?? i’m just terrified of having a big venue and it being super empty with no one there 🙁
Post # 3
Usually the difference between 80 and 120 isn’t that much( space wise). Once you get all your rsvps in you can add some decorations to fill up space or just lay it out different.
Post # 4
@senglish0410: Our venue can hold up to 300 but has a minimum of 75 so it works on both ends and they just space the tables out more if less people come. None of my family lives less than 12 hours away by car and most are days drives away so I know your struggle on getting a good estimate! Guests usually prefer a little extra space so they dont feel cramped eating and moving around the room! Floral arrangements and uplighting can also make a room more intimate! A room that looks good with 120 will look good with 80!
Post # 5
You go by how many people you’re inviting, not how many will definitely be there.
If you invite 130 people, you need to be able to accommodate 130 people in case they all say yes!
If less people show up, then you’ll have more space for dancing. We have a huge venue (could accomodate 150 people, I would think) and we only have 82 people on our guest list. We’ll just have more space for dancing, and people won’t be squashed. We love our venue, and even if our guest list was 30 people I probably would have picked the same venue, because it is PERFECT!
Don’t worry about there being too much space. Better too much than not enough!
Post # 6
@Lovemelovemyhorses: Exactly this.
There is nothing worse than being squashed in at a wedding. Bumping elbows at the dinner table is never fun.
Post # 7
You should book according to how many people y’all plan on inviting. Be cautious of places that have guest minimums.
Post # 8
I have a guest list of 110. I had to cut my list down due to finances so we are now having a family and very close friends only wedding The 2 places we are deciding between booking have minimums of 100. Since I have a lot of family members all over the country I am not sure who is willing to travel so I ended up making a “B-list” with all the people from my original list before we had a budget adjustment. So if too many people say they can’t make it I will just invite friends and co-workers from out “B-List” to make it to the 100 person minimum.
Post # 9
thank you for the advice and wisdom everyone! i feel much better about this! hopefully the party will be just as jumping (dancing) with less people! i love to dance!