Post # 1
Hi there! I’m trying to figure out how many sparklers to order for a sparkler exit. We are inviting 186 people, and expecting 150-160 to show up. How many people do you think will be left toward the end of the evening, around 11 pm?
Post # 2
what is the age of the guests? young ones and old ones will leave earlier as will their rides. what time the reception starts compared to what time food is served compared to 11. then do you want people to have 1 or 2 sparklers each? SOOO many variables. i hate math
Post # 3
Only 6 or 7 small kids will be there! Most guests are in the 25-55 age range I would say. Ceremony is at 4, immediately followed by a cocktail hour, and then dinner at 6. Only 1 sparkler per person—I’m ordering special wedding ones that burn for 4 minutes!
Post # 4
if you’re able to buy them in bulk, i’d think around 100. i’d think taking out guests that aren’t as close friends probably will make an appearance and then leave.
things to think about in terms of guests who’d stay:
out-of-town guests- they could go either way depending on the person or schedule. they could party it up and stay all night like it’s a vacation OR they could call it an early night if they have an early flight. my family always has early flights and we still go to the reception-after parties.
close family & friends- they’ll want to spend every moment celebrating with you and will probably stay til the end.
friends of parents- mostly there because they’ve seen you grow up and want to share the time with your parents. if they are around 50, they’ll probably head out early.
people with kids- unless they have a sitter, they’re kids will be a terror if they stay out that late.
people 45+- get tired earlier, arthritis or something like that might make them need to leave earlier(i’m young, but have a bad knee and it’ll sometimes make me need to rest/go home)
alcohol- if it’s open bar, you’ll have a lot more people stay. even if they don’t really know you, most people won’t turn down free alcohol and will milk it for all it’s worth.
food- if there isn’t a lot, people might leave early to go eat more
music- if the music stops early/is too loud/not very popular, some people might leave after a little bit.
soo many factors! don’t know if i helped, but hopefully i gave you something to think about
Post # 5
I’m a bit surprised at the first answer. Maybe this is a cultural thing, but where I live (Australia), hardly anyone leaves before the bride and groom, especially if it’s 11pm which isn’t especially late. The main exceptions would be families with young children.
Post # 6
it also might be different because i’m thinking of larger weddings.
excluding weddings of immediate family, my parents almost always leave early. we’re from the south in the US