(Closed) Rsvp/acceptance/attendance rate for domestic DW at cool location?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: For our medium to large-sized domestic DW in cool location:
    under 50% attended/rsvpd yes : (3 votes)
    20 %
    50-60% attended/rsvpd yes : (1 votes)
    7 %
    61-70% attended/rsvpd yes : (2 votes)
    13 %
    71-80% attended/rsvpd yes : (2 votes)
    13 %
    over 80% attended/rsvpd yes : (2 votes)
    13 %
    our wedding was closest to 50 invited : (0 votes)
    our wedding was closest to 100 invited : (1 votes)
    7 %
    our wedding was closest to 150 invited : (2 votes)
    13 %
    our wedding was closest to 200 invited : (2 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I think that evenmif its a domestic Destination Wedding rather thanan international one the rates will still be lower than with a local one

    Id say only the closest people to yiu will attend, around 40% invited

    We had a wedding in cancun and for thr majority of guests it was a 90 min domestic flight. We had a total of 52 guests from about 120 invited

    Post # 5
    5762 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Shkragoldfish:  Each of my daughters had semi-destination weddings (just an hour and a half from home and everyone else was also in the same State), and each had 80% attendance rates. Everyone stayed overnight at both and went to the breakfast we provided the following morning. Neither were on Holiday weekends (if your date is correct, it will be different) , and were in May and June. One was at the beach before the season officially opened.

    I think in your case it will be difficult to predict your attendance rate since there can be so many variables, one being it will be more expensive for travel and hotels during a Holiday week.

    Where IS this wonderful place, anyway? 🙂


    Post # 6
    4039 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We’re getting married in Scotlan, live in DC, and we’re looking at about 85 out of 116 who are planning to attend. Our friend circumstances sound similar. I think you’ll have most people attending so I’d plan accordingly. I’m always a fan of planning for more people just in case

    Post # 9
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We got married in San Diego, Ca, and the majpority of our guests were split between Boston, Texas, Toronto, and San Francisco. We invited about 100, and 70 came.

    Post # 10
    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Shkragoldfish:  I think that if it’s in state, you are going to have a much higher attendance than most Destination Wedding. Mine is a 19 hr car ride or a few hour flight (florida from Indiana/michigan) for most guests and we are probably having about 75 out of 125 coming. Might be off a bit because I haven’t gotten all the rsvp’s back.

    Post # 11
    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    We’re getting married in my home state of Florida (wedding will be at Disney).  We invited 191 (including kids) and have a final guest count of 80 (including ourselves), so a little over 40% of projected attendance.  Most of our guests are scattered all over the country (excluding my immediate family who live in FL).

    Post # 12
    13010 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Shkragoldfish:  My wedding was in DC, with my family traveling from the northeast and DH’s family coming from FL – so it was an 8 hour drive (1 hr flight) for my family and a 2.5 hr flight for his.  We had 70% of our guests attend (130 attended, 186 invited).  We had zero no-shows. 

    Post # 13
    1663 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It seems like it’s SO hard to predict these things.  We are having a domestic destination wedding too, though our location is not as exciting as yours.  We live in Boston, the wedding is in western NY– we have friends in Boston, various parts of NY, and across the country.  Families are all over the country.  I am assuming that we won’t have more than 75% show up, but my fiance is convinced that we should plan for higher acceptance rates.  


    As PPs have said, there are so many variables– people’s schedules, vacation time, conflicting weddings/events, etc.

    Post # 16
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @Shkragoldfish:  It was about 80% family, 20% friends. The declines were pretty evenly split between friends and family, though the farthest away people had higher decline rates. It was mostly a factor of how close we were both physically and emotionally that decided it. More extended family or older friends I hadn’t seen in a long time that also lived on the East coast were most of the declines.

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