(Closed) # of invites, % that accept/RSVP YES

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We invited about 375, and had 225 RSVP yes.  Our wedding was Friday, and we had several no-shows…at least one family of 5, and 10 other people I can think of off hand…

Post # 5
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had 120 accept out of 172 invited. so around 30% declined.

Post # 6
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We’ve had 75% of our guests RSVP “yes” to our wedding.  We’re also in mid-January and did not send out save-the-dates so that is something to consider as well.

Post # 8
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’d like to know the answer to this too!!!

Post # 10
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I had 35/38 accept, so approx 92% of the people we invited came (and when we sent the invites we already knew those 3 could not come). However, since our wedding was so small we only invited people who we knew would try their hardest to come, even though hey were mostly out-of-towners.

Post # 11
2465 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we had 148 out of 215, or about 70%, in a space that was 200 capacity. i was soooo nervous about having more people than our max, but we estimated about 30 of those would decline. there were definitely some surprise rsvp no’s too! we didn’t organize a “b” list to invite some of those we’d had to pass over before, but i kinda wish we had invited a few more of my friends that we’d axed off the original list.

Post # 12
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Inivted 180- figured at least 10 couldn’t come.  Had 142.  So 78%.

Post # 13
745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

invited 262 and had 199 rsvp yes, 2 no shows on the day of.

Post # 14
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think every guest list is so specific, its kind of dangerous to count on the averages. What I did (although it took some time and thought) was make a spreadsheet of all of my guests with the following columns: Name, # invited, # will definitely attend, # will probably attend, # probably won’t attend, # definitely won’t attend. Then I went through and rated each person. Parents? Siblings? My bridal party? The officiant? These people are definitely attending. My close family and friends that are either local or you’re pretty sure would make an effort to come? Probably will. Out of town guests who have money problems, a busy schedule, who have mentioned they might not come, +1s for people who generally don’t bring dates, or who you haven’t spoken to in a while? Probably not. Those who you know can’t come but you have to invite anyways (elderly out of town relatives who don’t travel)? definitely won’t come. 

So once I had everyone split up I just counted. I had 40 definitely’s, 53 probably will’s, 34 probably won’ts, and 22 definitely won’ts. I interpret that as follows: 

149 invited

Range of unknown attendance: 40-127 (since all of the “probablies” are really just a guess)

93 is my best estimate for attendance (if you figure I was probably wrong about an equal number of the probably yes and the probably no). 



So um… i’m probably a total nerd for figuring all that out but it really helps me as I’m figuring out how much stuff to make and account for. I’m basically making 110 of everything because I assume that is enough of a cushion in case more people than I think rsvp yes. 

Post # 16
2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we had 190 out of 240, maybe a lil less than that cuz i know there were no-shows… but around 75-80% in attendance. 

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