(Closed) Invited vs attended: What was your drop-off?

posted 4 years ago in Guests
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We had nearly identical numbers as MrsBuesleBee:… Also a domestic destination wedding. Invited 200, 135 attended.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

We invited 180, hoping around 150 would show. 130 RSVP’d yes. 2 got sick the week before and cancelled, and we had 2 no-shows for a grand total of 126 people attending.

Post # 34
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

angelaw2g:  i had the same thing, all of my guests were local with the exception of 5 guests. I invited 220 people and we ended up with 167. So thats about a 25% decline rate. Usually the percentage of declines is between 15-20%. If you already know you are going to be paying for the 150 people no matter what, and don’t want to go over that budget, than I say leave the guestt list the way it is. DOn’t invite people just for the sake of inviting because you can. You want people at your wedding that you genuinely want there 🙂

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We invited a little over 100 and about 55 said yes and showed up. Almost all of our guests had to travel by plane and stayed 3-5 days, so we didn’t expect a high acceptance rate. The nice thing was that we had a solid count pretty early on, which helped a lot in booking bus transport!

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We invited 205 and had 152 attend.  A lot of those that didn’t come were older relatives who lived at least a few hours away, and we knew they wouldn’t be able to travel.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

angelaw2g:  invited 212, 156 yes RSVP, 149 attended (one couple didn’t come cause the husband had pneumonia, one couple changed their mind and didn’t bring their kid and one family of 4 had some housing issues that kept them out of town). 

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

angelaw2g:  We had about half in by our RSVP date (4 weeks before); we gave everyone a couple week’s grace and then we spent that last 2 weeks calling and tracking down RSVPs.

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

angelaw2g:  We invited a little over 300 guests total. For final count when I gave my order for cake, it was 220 that RSVP’d as coming. So, quite a bit less than planned. However, we gave every one who wasn’t married a +1, and they came by themselves (that was 13 guests), and some of DH’s family couldn’t attend and that was at least 4+ people per family. It added up.

We also ended up having quite a few no shows, so be prepared. To plan for those who RSVP’d no, or didn’t RSVP at all, we bought 2 extra meals of each option that we had… just in case.

I don’t believe we had any guests that were uninvited, at least for the dinner part. I wouldn’t have cared who came once the dance started.

Edit: Our venue held 300 people, so I was happy it was less.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  Kacie209.
Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

emmagreen482017:  I’m doing the same thing.  So when are you sending out your invites to the A list?  When will you send out invites to the B list?

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

delena76:  I think we’re going to send out our invites for list  A 3 months before the wedding and aim to have the B list 1 month out. I also have a lot of family in the UK so I’m toying with the idea of sending their invites 6months out so they can start looking and saving for flights and then maybe transfer some people from B to A if a lot of them can’t make it. 

Post # 43
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Sugar bee

Commenting to follow. I will say that I’ve heard that the attendance rate for in-town guests tends to hover around 85% (less if it’s high wedding season or an off night) and the attendance rate for out-of-town guests hovers around 60% (same caveat about high wedding season, and an even bigger impact if it’s on an off night). The math gets even more calculated for a guest list that’s split between out-of-towners and local guests like ours (~1/3 out of town and ~2/3 local).

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Always plan that 100% of people will show up.

 

We had 75% 

Post # 45
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Invited 310 and 220 attended.  90% were from out of town.

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