Post # 1
For those of you who had small weddings, what was your decline rate?
We’re inviting family and very close friends only, sending out 51 invitations (75 people) but are already hearing from some people that they won’t be able to make it. Of course I’m disappointed, but they have totally understandable reasons (too expensive to fly, scheduled surgery). I’m just wondering how many we should expect not to be there!
Post # 2
It will depend on several factors:
-Amount of notice and whether the guest can take time off work
-Day of the week
-No Children Policy (or not)
I invited 130 guests and 30% declined. I still have another 20% that have not responded and my guess is that they will also decline. So I’m forecasting overall 40-50% decline.
Post # 3
We will invite about 60, I expect about 45. Maybe a little more.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
We invited 92, 66 RSVP’d YES and we had 6 no shows for 60 total so about 30% decline rate.
Post # 5
Wow, higher than I expected! Really good to know. Especially because we’re getting married on a Sunday, I imagine some people won’t be able to make it out/ won’t want to with work the next day.
Post # 6
For ours it wasn’t the RSVP acceptance rate that was the problem- it was that 10 people from DH’s side didn’t show up after RSVPing for various reasons. Not a huge deal because we expected some no-shows, but still, even with rsvps you never really know!
Post # 7
We only invited 50 guests and everyone showed up plus a couple of extra lol! And we got married on a Sunday FYI.
Post # 8
I sent out 50 invites and had 28 people RSVP yes. Had two guests RSVP and not come, and one guest not RSVP at all and show up, which blew my mind because I had an island destination wedding.
Post # 9
I’d at another factor:
We are expecting 50-60% to attend, but some family had already declined before we invited them.
Post # 10
We went from being over capacity at our venue to barely making our minimum. In the end it came down to us not knowing our guest list well. A few family members didn’t want to travel so then the majority of that family branch decided not to come at all. I think the best thing you can do is actually talk to those you’re thinking about inviting and get a feel. But keep in mind people may add or back out at the last minute depending on how flakey the people you invited are 🙂
Post # 11
You never know. If you have given enough notice usually more can make it. I had invkres 170 and 155 arrived.
Post # 12
I think it really depends on where the majority of your guests live in relation to your wedding location/ the day of the week. for example, if your wedding is on a sunday and you’re inviting a lot of out of towners, you will probably get more “no’s” than you would if your entire family lives within the same radius and your wedding is on a saturday. I would suggest sending your invites out as early as possible if you are planning on sending out invites to “back ups” as you get “no’s”. good luck 🙂
Post # 13
23 invited and all came. We didn’t actually do invites, it was all verbal.
Post # 14
We’re inviting 65 and would be expecting around 55-60 to RSVP yes. We’re tying the knot on a Saturday in August. About 50% guests are immediate family or within 2 hours of the venue.
Post # 15
We invited 60 “couples” (and everyone got a plus one AND children were invited so really it’s more like 120 ppl invited) and we had about a 50% decline rate. I was really bummed but it also freed up some money for me to do a few more special things. We gave a lot of advance notice but I guess there’s nothing you can do about it if someone just doesn’t want to make it out for the wedding (for whatever reason). A lot people aren’t bringing +1’s either. We’re going to end up with about 55 people total (including us). While I was depressed at first, I’m 3 weeks away from getting married and I’m not going to let it spoil our day or all the effort I’ve put in so far.