(Closed) Invited way more than the venue holds. Help! What do I do?

posted 8 years ago in Venue
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@HisIrishPrincess:  Agreed.  Kids gotta go.  I think you can get away with saying “Something came up and unfortunately, we have to make some cuts.”  Hire a babysitter.  It’s crunch time!

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Do not invite anyone who you do not want to actually show up and cannot accomodate. My parents fortunately seemed to understand this (probably because they’re the ones paying!) but my fiance’s parents are trying to get him to invite a bunch of extended family he hasn’t seen in over a decade and never speaks to. Not. Happening.

If you already knew your family was so big and did not have a 100% solid guest list, why didn’t you pick a venue that held more people? Ours can accomodate up to 100 more than we are inviting, which we picked because we were guestimating inviting around 250 people but didn’t know for sure, so couldn’t pick a venue with that as the maximum just in case. If you picked your venue before you did the guest list, then the venue HAS to determine the guest list and not the other way around, and you can’t just keep adding people. Especially since a lot of times the max number has to do with fire codes so you literally can’t put in more people. If you’ve already sent out invitations, you may have to change venues. :-/

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just want to point out to everyone that OP’s wedding is in March of this year.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

There is nothing you can do other than having a no children policy and hope many of those OOT’s end up not coming. Even then you might not be able to bring the count down that much. Or, you will have to bite the bullet and pay the price for inviting all these people. It’s a slippery slope situation. Hope you can figure things out. 

Edit: You also need to get on the phone with your venue ASAP to see if they will even be able to make room for all these people. If they can’t, you need a new venue. 

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

AGH that sounds so stressful! Cutting out the kids would probably be a huge cut. What about telling everyone they are invited to the ceremony only? Tahat would cut the list in half.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We’re just doing champagne and cake. Really saves a lot. Figure out what you want, fast, or you will have a ton of pissed off people and owe tons of money

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