Post # 1
If you’re only sending your invitations 6-8 weeks in advance, when do you let your venue know how many guests you’re having?
We have to have pretty final numbers 6-8 weeks beforehand and really need a good idea of how many we’ll have 3 months before for financial reasons.
Post # 3
@SpecialSundae: My venue needs a final headcount 2 weeks out, I’ll probably have my RSVP a week before that. We’ve had a rough guest list since we got engaged though so we could budget.
Post # 4
We had to give a rough estimate when we signed our contract. They have to know exact numbers 2 weeks before the wedding, so we will make our RSVPs due a week or two before that.
Post # 5
Two weeks seems to be the deadline to let the venue know so you can pay your balence and they can prepare the food. We only invited 116 guests and we are planning on at least 100 to show. Only invite the number of people you can pay for, and you know which ones will probably not come ahead of time. It may have been easier for us since it’s just close family and friends coming. So no “friends of friends” or really any people we don’t personally know very well.
Post # 6
I’m sending my invites earlier. The first round will go out 3 months ahead. The second 8 weeks ahead. But our venue doesn’t need a final number until the week of, and they told us to lowball it because they can adjust the day of to accomodate more.
If you need to give your venue a number 6-8 weeks before, send them out earlier. Personally I wouldn’t send more invites than my max number. I know that there’s a percentage and formulas, etc, for the number of yeses and nos, but there are a lot of factors involved with that and you might end up with too many people..
Also, there are going to be people you have to chase down to get their response. Factor in that time as well.
Post # 7
My venue wanted to know 8 days ahead…which was today!
Post # 8
Wow, I’m lucky! I need to give them a final count 3 DAYS ahead. When we signed the contract, we gave them a rough estimate.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2011 - Palma Sola Botanical Park
Wow – 6-8 weeks! Ours is 3 days before.
Post # 10
It might be a UK/US thing or just a “my venue” thing, but we need a very good idea by then. We’re sending out our invites really early anyway, because a lot of people are flying from the other side of the world or at least travelling from England or France (or the Highlands, which is almost as much of a pain in the neck).
I was just a little shocked and how little notice seemed to be the norm.