Post # 1
I’ve been reading very helpful posts for the last hour on this site about RSVP %’s. But, I haven’t been able to find anything specific to my situation…
I grew up in the L.A. area, and my fiance grew up here where we live. We have a ton of mutual friends, and both of us have some family up here as well. But, I spent 25 years in Southern California and I’m trying to figure out my guest list.
We have a 170 max for our reception room, and honestly, we won’t be able to afford more than 150-160 tops anyway. Our guest list right now sits at 238, and we still need to add people. The coordinator at our site told us to expect a 25-35% NO rate for a Friday evening, Out of Town wedding, since about 40-50% of the list is Out of Town guests.
I’m thinking about staggering the invites… sending out a batch 10 weeks out, then a second batch 7 weeks out. I know that I have a few families with very small children that may choose to not come. But, I don’t want to count on that.
What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
I think the average decline rate is 20% of invited guests won’t come for one reason or another. You can’t really depend on that,tho,so you really shouldn’t invite over your maximum limit expecting it will be so. I’ve heard as high as 40~50% too. We had 15% and 10% for our 2 weddings last year, but it was a perfect amount. Both were Out of Town but were relatively small weddings anyway.
I know A&B lists have been suggested, but I think they might only work well if the B list people don’t know the A listers, so feelings don’t get hurt.
Post # 4
We are over 90% for Vegas (for both Friday night reception and wedding/reception on Saturday). Almost everyone is flying in from out of town. The guest list was limited to family to 1st cousin and our closest friends…About 80 total without young kids. I’m expecting 75. Be prepared for everyone to accept your invite because you don’t want to have an SRO dinner. You can set an early RSVP date and send out a round two of invites after some regrets start coming in.