(Closed) Married Bees: How many “no” RSVPs did you get?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

We invited 300 people, and we ended up with about a 30% “no” rate. And we weren’t in any way a destination wedding. A large part of that came from my dad’s friends, who are all teachers, and who had summer vacations planned during the weekend of our wedding. We ended up extending a few additional informal invites.

Post # 6
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We sent out invites to around 102 guests and ended up having

89 guests attend. However, when i sent out invites i already knew who couldn’t attend prior invites going out due to pre planned vacations, illness, where they live etc. I think only 2 couples couldnt attend over those guests!

Post # 8
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Roe – Our wedding was intown and I should also tell you on a Friday(which some people needed to take off work). 70% of our guests were with in 45 minutes of our venue and roughly 25% lived between 1 – 4 hours away from our venue. 5% were out of country.  No one out of province  did not attend. We had a couple relatives from Europe who surprisingly did attend our wedidng but unless they mention that they will be attending I wouldn’t count on it.  I honestly believe if people really want to attend they will make the effort if it is their control.  Send some individual emails to your relatives/friends and your parents should do the same (especially the ones are maybes in your mind) letting them know the date and you will get a rough idea who will attending or not. 

Post # 9
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Wedding and reception 1: Off the top of my head, about 125 invited, 78 coming.  Only a few of those were flying to get there (ourselves included).

Reception 2: Maybe invited 75 and ended up with 50.  Some were a write off pretty early on (ie my aunt/uncle/cousins in Guatemala), but obviously invited.  That was after my parents footed the bill for two of my cousins, my brother and his fiancée to fly in from university (yay mom and dad!)

Post # 10
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We invited 175 and had 125.  Pretty good considering it was a weekday during the holidays!

We went down our list before we sent out the invites and marked as definite/maybe/no and were pretty much bang-on in our estimate.  Would an exercise like this help at all?

Post # 11
43 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

We invited 190

175 RSVP Yes

151 actually showed up.

Post # 12
39 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

We invited 210 people and 185 showed up. Its about that ratio, I was hesitant to invite more people (we paid 200 plates) bc I was afraid that they would all show up but reading other ppls replies I would say just let your mom invite about 30 people LOL 

Post # 13
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We invited 122, had 89 RSVP yes, and 84 actually show up.  I should also say two things: (1) our wedding was out of town for nearly everyone and (2) some of the difference between the number invited and the number RSVPing yes was due to people not bringing their plus ones.

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