Post # 1
As we know this is always the hardest part of the wedding planning or is it the easiest?
Was it easy or hard for you to make your guest list? How many guests did you want to invite vs. How many you ended up inviting?
Personal: For us it has been hard even though we had our guest list made up way before we were even engaged but of course we forgot some people. So we started out with 30 people and we ended up with a guest list of 120. Which to us is still small and thats what we wanted. 🙂
Post # 3
We wanted around 100, ended up inviting 380. 260 attended.
Post # 4
Started with 75-100, now the list is up to around 120. We haven’t sent out the invitations yet, but I’m ballparking that about 100 will show up.
Post # 5
We wanted to plan for 100, 195 are invited. I didn’t even know my parents knew that many people but apparently we need to invite all of them.
Post # 6
We ended up with 153 on the day of, but invited just over 200.
Post # 7
We sent out 498 invitations and we are at 325 as of right now. Im freaking out!!
Post # 8
Sent out 19 invitations. People can bring however many guests they want. As it’s a very small wedding (in the house / back yard) and most of the invitees don’t know each other, I’d like everyone to have someone to talk to and have fun with. (Other than us, of course. I know we’re awesome, but we have to divide the awesomeness amongst everyone.)
So far, we have had three RSVPs returned with a total of six people planned. Unexpectedly, my grandparents decided to come in from New York. Their invitation was pretty much considered a courtesy / keepsake. It’s not that I didn’t want them to come, I just never, ever expected that they would.
Post # 9
This was something we had figured out before we announced our engagement to anyone other than immediate family. We knew it was going to be an issue. I wanted a small, 100 person wedding. Fiance wanted a 500 person wedding. Luckily he wanted to get married at a church that had capacity of 185 and our reception venue is 190. That set our target size.
I drafted the first guest list, had him add/correct, and then we sent it to our parents with a “you really can’t add unless someone is really missing and can tell us who can come off”. The two issues we had were that the guest list is really lopsided– 2/3s is FI’s side (but I could see a 100% response rate from my friends and a 60% from his) and his parents wanted to invite way more family friends. We agreed they could be on the C list.
So we have 215 or so on the guest list. That includes 25 plus ones that we won’t be giving out to everyone, 9 international guests (that most likely won’t be coming), 18 guests on the west coast (most won’t come in), and at least 8 of my family that won’t be coming in. We will be doing a B list (coworkers) once we get preliminary RSVPs after the save the dates and a C list when we get regrets.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Started with aiming for 100, ended up inviting about 120 (including kids)– so far the max will be 94 adults and 15 kids; still waiting on RSVPs for the final count though.
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We wanted around 75, but knew that wasn’t feasible. Each family had 25 people they could invite, Fiance and I each invited 40, and we should have around 125.
Post # 13
we are still in the process of paring ours down, but i know its going to be the worst. we have a FIRM limit of 150 invitees because that is the absolute most we can afford, but it would be a-mazing if we could get it down to 130 attending. i am not banking on anyone saying no though -i saw a thread a few days ago where 100% of the guests had said yes!
ETA: right now, including our b-lists, we have 170 potential invitees *sigh*
Post # 14
Wanted for 200 people…invited 421 (Thanks a lot, Mom and Dad)…Expecting around 260.
I’m happy with the results, but was miserable for a while. People kept telling me I was lucky to have such an unlimited list, but it wasn’t what I wanted. It’s a weird thing to be made out to be a brat for not wanting TOO many people. It’s all worked out in the end. Thank goodness for getting married during a busy time!
Post # 15
The guest list was a nightmare. About 6 rounds of revisions, toying with a B list idea, figuring out where to draw the line…terrible.
We have a guest list of about 206, and are sending save the dates to about 165, the Out of Town guests. We will figure out wha to do with the other group once it comes time for us to address invitiations.
Post # 16
My guest list was very easy to make – I invited 10 people and they all came 🙂