(Closed) RSVPs

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Did you over or under estimate the number who will attend?
    Over estimated : (18 votes)
    72 %
    Under estimated : (7 votes)
    28 %
  • Post # 3
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    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @sarg88:  Yep. People I would have thought would be there declined. Prepare yourself  🙁   We invited 178 and only 117 people that actually accepted.

    Post # 5
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    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I invited 150, and 104 RSVP’d yes.  4 did not show!   

    Post # 6
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    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We invited 194.. at first it was all yes’ and I was worried it was going to be a high attendence so I was estimating like 170-180 people. We ended up with 164 on the final count, and I think 160 actually attended.

    Post # 7
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    1846 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We invited about 145 people, and I was kind of expecting 130 to show up. So far I’ve received NO no’s. my guests stil have until May 20 to RSVP, so I’m expecting a few no’s will show up in the next couple of days. But so far I think I definitely underestimated how many people would come.

    Post # 8
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    2958 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

    So far a lot more people have RSVPd yes than I expected…family I haven’t talked to for years, never see, etc. I expect that this has a lot to do with the fact that the wedding is in Vegas, and people just want any reason to go.

    Post # 9
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    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    We invited 117 with a capacity of 100 (but we knew for sure that some people would not be able to come… they still deserve the courtesy of an invitation–so this wasn’t as risky as it sounds).

    We expected about 90, but we got 83 (including ourselves).

    Post # 10
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    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Oooh, this will be interesting. We’re inviting 99 close friends and family (including the bridal party) and I’m estimating that 88 will come (that’s removing those who are out of town/out of the country/have already said they can’t make it).

    Post # 11
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    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Hmmm…we pretty much called it on the nose…there were a few family members on his side who we thought would come but couldn’t make it due to international travel visa issues, but otherwise we were accurate on who could come and who couldn’t, and I wouldn’t consider being 4 people off on our estimate truly overestimating…

    Post # 12
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    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We invited 73 and only 47 said yes … which is actually good, because we wanted no more than 50. But we sincerely didn’t think 50 was possible until some key member of my family declined (sister, grandma, grandpa, uncle, mom …). It would be an out-of-state wedding for all of them and that caused a lot of strain.

    Post # 13
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    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We invited around 200 and had around 135 say yes (all of them showed), which is almost exactly what we were expecting since most of our guests were from out of state.

     

    Post # 14
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    341 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We invited a lot of guests from out of town. I’m surprised (and a little saddened) by how many people declined. We invited 183 people. About 110 will actually be there.

     

    Post # 15
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    3194 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    FWIW, I went through our whole guest list and made an honest estimate of who I thought would and would not make the trip from out of state, and got 120 out of 178 for a likely attendance rate. We are inviting a lot of friends and distant family from out of state, but it is unlikely most of them will come. We’ve prepared for 150, but I don’t think we will get that many yes’s.

    Post # 16
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    1814 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    We invited 150 people, and made a spreadsheet with each person having a probability of attending (0 is “wouldn’t come if their life depended on it”, 1 is “wouldn’t miss it for the world”, .7 is “probably”, etc) and added up the values. That gave us our expected head count of 120, but now we are looking at a headcount of 110. So, we got close, but we still overestimated.

    When you get down to the deadline, *most* of those slackers will end up saying no. Because even as we got RSVPs throughout the months and updated the spreadsheet accordingly, our expected was still at 120. It wasn’t until we started nagging people on facebook/phonecall that our expected went down to 110.

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