(Closed) sneaking in extra guests …. would we get evicted??

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How bad would it be?
    meh, it probably happens all the time - if you're *sure* it won't be more than a few over,no worries : (12 votes)
    26 %
    unethical, but you'll probably get away with it. : (17 votes)
    36 %
    unethical and dangerous (fire hazard) : (9 votes)
    19 %
    you will probably get busted, fined and/or guests evicted. : (9 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    I think it’s probably a bad idea to attempt it, but if you invite 125 or 128 people, you will almost certainly get enough declines to be in the safe area again. Good luck!

    Post # 4
    397 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Well my venue does a head count the day of… you might want to make sure they won’t do that.  

    Post # 7
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    What you need to do is take a hard look at your guest list and find a safe number to invite that will bring you at or below the max guest list. If the guest list is mostly locals, you will get a high percentage of attendance. If you have many more out-of-towners, it will be lower. There are variations within that, but that is what you need to figure out. Are you, for example, inviting a huge contingency of cousins out of obligation that you haven’t seen in 5+ years and who live on the other side of the county and have no money (that is me)? There are plenty of ways to invite more than the max.

    I am inviting 225, and expect between 125 and 150. Our guest list has a ton of our adult cousins (52 between us, with their spouses), a good number of colleagues and clients who likely won’t attend, and broke friends from college living on the other side of the country. No one lives closer than 2 hours away, and the vast majority will have to fly and rent a car and drive 3+ hours. Hence my major over-invite.

    Post # 9
    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I imagine they’d fine you but not throw people out, I’m just guessing though.  You could if you felt brave chat with the coordinator about her most difficult weddings, and did any of them go over the limit?  Only if you can be really subtle, though, I know I wouldn’t be able to!  Or anonymously ask a local fire marshal. 

    Post # 10
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I don’t understand why you would risk it since it is a fire hazard and thus illegal. They may or may not do a headcount but it’s better to have fewer guests if your venue does not hold that many due to local fire safety regulations. If you must invite more people than the venue safely holds and allows, then find a larger venue. Every venue has different policies so there is no way to predict what every single one will do if you attempt this.

    Post # 12
    1982 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Honestly, do you REALLY want to put your guests lives at risk? I know 8 doesn’t sound like a lot, but let’s just say one of the cans of sterno under one of the displays falls over and poof, fire. 8 extra people could mean 60 extra seconds in the building, smoke billowing around you and it being almost impossible to get out, especially around another table.

    This leaves a bad taste in my mouth, sorry. My dad is a firefighter and two years ago, his good friend and 8 other guys died in a furniture store fire because there was too much stuff (against code) in the building, and they couldn’t see to get out. It was like a ticking time bomb. I would never, ever put someone else’s life at risk after that.

    Post # 13
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I say if you love your venue, you don’t want to put them at risk. They are held by those standards legally, and although they’d probably love for you to be able to have the extra 8, they cannot allow it. I would say avoid the extras if possible…but it probably won’t be the end of the world.

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