(Closed) Not sure what to tell venue in regards to head count.

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Sorting this out always reminded me of “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” I need to know the venue’s capacity before I decide how many guests, but I won’t be able to pick a venue until I know how many guests I want!

I guess the easiest way around it is to sit down with your fiance and figure out the “essential” guests – who must be at your wedding. Do you envision it as a small, close friends and family wedding, or will it be bigger? Just try to figure out exactly which friends and family you would feel comfortable inviting, add a few extra if you’re going to allow your parents to invite others, and you should have a rough estimate of how many you’ll have.

Post # 4
2556 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

WHen I was venue shopping I gave a very rough estimate of the amount of guests we wanted to have there (about 125).  Honestly, I think most venues just ask because they want to make sure they can fit all your guests OR to see if you would satisfy any minimum guest counts they may require (our venue has a 100 min guest count on Saturdays.. which sounds small, but our venue only holds 125 people seated, 150 eople cocktail style).

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