(Closed) RSVP Decline %?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1852 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

20%, from what I’ve seen.

I think the Bees get lucky because most of them have less of a decline rate.


Post # 4
10 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

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Post # 5
840 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kat912:  I think it depends. We are having a “destination” wedding (but not really – it’s in Canada, but super out of the way for most) so out of 186 people invited, I think we’ll have between 100-120 actually attending. :S

Post # 6
2213 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

None of the percentages are accurate in all cases…everyone’s situation is different, and you really can’t count on anyone to decline for sure.  To make sure you don’t end up with more folks than your venue can accomodate or than you can afford, assume everyone will make it.

That being said, you’re more likely to have a higher decline rate if you’re having a destination wedding or have lots of guests that would be coming from out of town. 

There really are no guarantees about how many folks will or won’t attend your wedding.

Post # 7
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It definitely depends on your group of guests.  I invited 150 guests and 134 came.  My other friend just had her wedding and she invited only 60 of their closest relatives and pretty much everyone came.

Post # 8
8151 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

budget for 100% responding yes, but they say between 10-20% rsvp no.

you also have to worry about those that rsvp yes and then don’t show up.


Post # 9
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

20% decline.  It is surprising.


Post # 10
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we only had a 5% decline rate, so I wouldn’t count on people not coming or overinviting by alot.

Post # 11
9918 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

It depends on who you’re inviting.  Family who you know well and has the money to travel?  They’ll be there.  People you barely know but invited anyway?  Unlikely to attend.

Post # 13
12 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

After all was said and done, we had about 20% not show which was more than I guesstimated. In my research when I was planning, I found an article that said plan on 10-20% of guests declining and there will probably be people who won’t send their RSVP back and you may end up with guests who planned on attending and then never showed up for your wedding. Happened to us.

Post # 15
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kat912:  Our best guess is between 64-68% will attend with about 2 weeks to our RSVP date. We invited 236 and expect between 160-165 to attend. About half would have to spend the night and about one quarter would have to fly. As others have said, it varies so much. The breakdown for our acceptance rate is:

Coworkers– 55% of mine and 73% of his

Family– 49% of mine and 91% of his

Friends– 90% of mine and 61% of his

Bridal party–83% for both (each had a declined plus one)

Family friendds– 69% of his (none of mine were invited)

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