Post # 1
Please share how many guests you invited to your wedding and how many RSVP’d or actually showed up to your wedding. I am trying to figure out the average response %. AKA if I invite 150 how many are estimated to RSVP and show up. I have heard on average 80% of guests will actually be able to make it. Please share.
Post # 3
We invited 110 people, 90 people ended up coming! I think that was a pretty good turn out, considering our wedding was a 6 hour drive away from most of the guests! One couple ended up not showing even though they RSVPed “yes”.
Post # 4
We invited 150, 130 RSVPed yes. We had 3 no show’s but 3 surprise guests (grrr), so it balanced out 😉
Post # 5
We had a decline rate of approximately 25 percent for our wedding, which was, in essence, a Destination Wedding for everyone, including Darling Husband and me. (Most people traveled at least an hour and a half to three hours to attend, and many of our guests came from out of state.) Of those who replied “YES,” we had no “no shows” the day of the wedding. (However, one couple had to cancel the day before the wedding due to a serious illness in the family.)
Post # 6
We had about a 75% acceptance rate, all the people who declined were out of state or out of the country. We also had 2 no shows, and about 8 people who came for the ceremony and cocktail hour, but left before dinner. So we paid about 1k extra for people’s meals who didn’t stay. I just wish they would have told us they didn’t plan to stay, so we wouldn’t have planned for them to eat!
Post # 7
@bakerella: where these surprise guests invited and rsvp’d no/changed their minds or people without a previous invite
Post # 8
@eloping: One was a guest who asked to bring someone (we had invited his long term girlfriend, but they broke it off after the invites were sent out, and he wanted to bring his ex-wife instead). I said no. He brought her anyways. She turned out to be very nice and so sweet, I was very glad to have had her at our wedding.
Another was a friend’s boyfriend who had been invited to the wedding, but she only RSVP’ed for herself. I honestly think she just didn’t know how to RSVP properly, and I should have asked her why he wasn’t coming, but I didn’t want to poke my nose into their business in case they were going through a rocky time or he had another commitment. I should have poked my nose. LOL!
The last was DH’s fault. We had a friend’s wife cancel about a week out with an emergency business trip. Another friend asked if he could bring his on again/off again girlfriend whom Darling Husband and I have met quite a few times. Darling Husband said yes to fill the missing spot, but didn’t tell me. I would have said no. LOL! So in any case, she was there, but since I didn’t know she was coming, we had to scramble to get her at the right table, etc etc. I felt bad that there wasn’t an escort card for her or anything since Darling Husband had known she was coming. Sigh. Oh well.
Post # 9
@bakerella: ah, i have visions of how hubbys family does it. his parents get a invite and they rsvp 7 (them, 3 adult sons & 2 spouses). i learnt this the hard way when we showed up at a wedding and during the reception finally got to see the invite (made out to the parents only)
Post # 10
We had a lot of “courtesy” invites as dh’s family lives across the country. We invited 146 people including +1’s for almosteverybody and 92 rsvp’d yes. On the actual day 83 showed up that canceled anywhere from 3 days out to the night before and a few that showed up for theceremony but left before the reception
Post # 11
@eloping: omg that’s AWFUL!
Post # 12
The average dropoff is 10-20%, but do not use this number for budget or venue capacity. Plan on every single person you invited showing up.
Post # 13
We invited 74, and 55 attended.
Post # 14
We had about a 70% “yes” rate.
Post # 15
we invited 100 people and 76 showed up – a lot of htem didn’t want to travel the 4 hours..
Post # 16
We invited 50 and 45 showed up.