(Closed) Invitations vs. People who actually show up

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve always heard to expect a 20% decline rate, at the very least.

Post # 4
276 posts
Helper bee

@DuckEBee:  always be prepared for 100% attendance. Safest bet

Post # 5
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@DuckEBee:  I have also heard 20% decline.  We had closer to 35% decline.  I would think you should be fine with a list of 145 people.

Post # 6
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DuckEBee:  We invited 403 and had somewhere between 250 and 260 RSVP yes and show up.


Post # 7
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@DuckEBee:  The more people you invite, the higher the decline rate, unless you happen to be in a very popular location. For example, 150 people+ in New Orleans reflect a 90 – 95% accept rate. 

You should plan to accommodate a 100% accept rate to keep it comfortable for you and your guests. You should cut to 120, as that’s your absolute max. 

There are a lot of factors that influence accept rates, including day of the week you get married, whether children are invited, if it’s destination or not, so without more information, it’s hard to say!

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