Post # 1
our wedding is in Malibu. Our families are from the East Coast. I’m trying to gauge an approximate number of attendees vs declines. newly married brides who had a large percentage of out-of-town family and friendS, what was your percentage of turnout?
Note: a few people have mentioned to me that they think Malibu is enticing enough that our declines may be less than the norm.
Post # 3
I put Other because in our case, we live in West LA, and our wedding was in Santa Barbara, and all of our guests, including ourselves had to travel. The majority of our guests were from out of state, the majority being from NYC (which is where hubby and lived prior). We invited 59 people, we had 51 in attendance (thats 86%), and of the total guests, except for 10 guests who live in LA, all the rest had to fly in from other states (NYC, WA, OR, TX, etc).
We were very blessed that most of our guests were able to attend, being that we had a semi-destination wedding where everyone had to travel at least 2 hs to get to the venue.
Post # 4
We invited about 350 and had about 150 attend. We were working off the following guest lists:
- My list – a mix of friends that live in town and out
- My husband’s list – a mix of friends from mostly out of town but some in town
- My mom’s list – family friends that I grew up with, her family
- My dad’s list – like three people
- My mother in law’s list – mostly people from out of town, a few from in town and family
- My father in law’s list – all people from out of town, some obligation invites and family
My parents are divorced and I grew up with my mother so the people on her list were my family friends, the family I’m close with – her list was an extension of my list. My husband only had a handful of friends attend, my dad invited like three people and my mother in law and father in law’s guest lists were mostly obligation invites, and as both families are small, the family that did come was very few.
You really just have to break it down for yourself and see. Many people would think it was insane if I told them when I was sending out invites that we were sending 350 but I KNEW there would only be 150 in attendance. But in my case, I really did know because I was careful about the breakdown.
Post # 5
All our guests were out of towners. Half had to fly from within the country (1 hour flight) and the other half from another continent (about 15 hours direct flight).
We invited 50 people and in the end 40 ended up coming. The 10 people who did not attend were all from Europe (the wedding was in Asia). Some were pregnant and the rest were poor.
Post # 6
We invited 60 and had 50 rsvp yes and 48 show up. Most of our invitees were localish, but not in town. Most people had to drive 1.5-2 hrs to come. However, living in ontario, that isn’t uncommon. Of the 10 no’s, 1 passed away, 3 were from the west coast and too old/frail to travel, 2 were students on the west coast, 2 had another wedding where they were interested bridal party and 2 made a really weird excuse.
When we sent out long distance invites, we assumed a 50% acceptance rate, and got 25%.
Post # 7
Over 80% of our invited guests came, and it was about half and half in and out of town.
Post # 8
I’d say we had 95% show up.
Post # 9
For all intents and purposes we had an out of town wedding, only one couple didn’t have to travel over an hour to get to the location. That said, we had about 20 people cancel the week of the wedding for various different reasons. I would’ve been totally fine with it if only they had just canceled before we submitted our numbers. My advice to you would be to take your final guest count and subtract at least 5-10 more before submitting the number.