(Closed) invited this many…. but this many rsvp

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

For my September ’09 wedding, I invited a total of 290 guests (approx. 120 + invitations) and about 100 declined.

I was breathing a HUGE sigh of relief since we budgeted for 200 but I found the list expand far to quickly. I mean we would have been able to make up for the 90 extra, it was just nice to actually save some money.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we invited 145, 95 are coming.

but you have to think about many different things. we’re having a sunday wedding. we’re having a private ceremony, so many people weren’t invited to that. it’s hard for oot guests to come to a sunday wedding… and they were even more unwilling to come if they couldn’t come to the ceremony.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

We haven’t sent invitations out yet, but our expected numbers are: ~90 people invited, ~50 people attending.

For our wedding, I wouldn’t apply any of the traditional rules about the percentage of guests one expects to decline or accept, because we’re inviting almost everyone to fly across the country for our west coast wedding. We have, as you can see, a very small guest list so it isn’t hard for us to know person-by-person whether they are likely to attend. I would say our guess room is only +/- 5-10 people.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re inviting 68 (11 of them are kids), so 30 invites.  From our Save-The-Date Cards, 62 are definitely coming, 80% of which are OOTs.  I think it also depends on what kind of wedding your throwing and where, in life, your guests are at.  Our large return ratio probably stems from some of the following factors:

  1. We’re getting married in our 30’s, so most friends can easily afford the trek now
  2. Our wedding is VERY kid-friendly, even kid inclusive, so all the parents in our group are coming & making a mini family vacation out of it
  3. We’re only inviting our nearest and dearest (as you can see from the small number of invites), so it really IS the people who care most

So, maybe if you try to factor in “who” your guests are, that may help you with the numbers you’re trying to figure out.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We learned our lesson when my sister got married. Of the 250 people that was invited, they expected about 75 people would decline….surprise, surprise – only 40 people declined – had to cut down on the size of the dance floor because 2 tables needed to added, had to order more of the custom favors at the last minute,…and it goes on and on.

So with my wedding, we are planning on everyone attending that is invited. Good rule of thumb.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I can’t remember exactly how many we invited, but it was in the 200 range (189 is sticking out.) 120 showed (125 accepted, 5 ignoramuses blew it off).

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We invited 182 guests and 139 attended our Sunday over a long weekend January destination wedding (half the guests driving/ half the guests flying).

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

So far for our Friday wedding we have invited 150 and we’ve had 59 accept, our RSVP date isn’t until March tho, so we’ll see. I haven’t gotten one RSVP card with a no response and I’m honestly not expecting that many to decline seeing as the majority of the guest list is family and the rest are our closest friends.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We invited 195 a month ago.  We’ve gotten 80 “accepts” and 20 “declines” so far, but I’m 99% sure we’ll get at least 115, and I’m expecting it’ll go as high as 140.  We have a lot of people who will be getting email reminders or phone calls in a couple of weeks.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Going on my experience with my sister’s wedding, it has absolutely changed me. The minute I get any kind of invitation I respond. If I responded yes, then unless I’m dead – I’m going.

Tampamom, I’m originally from Tampa and a lot of my relatives are still down there. Spent all my summers growing up with my grandparents on their lake place….loved it!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

For one daughter’s wedding last June we invited 140 and had 119 attend. The next daughter’s invites go out in a week with 110 invited,so we’ll see how many we get.

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