Post # 1
My dream venue requires 150 people minimum for a saturday night. We’re planning to invite around 175 people. However, FI’s family is coming from another country (Australia) and I honestly have no idea if all of them can come.
Even if we get back 150 yes RSVPs, what happens if a few people are no-shows the day of? Do you get charged?
Post # 3
i’m pretty sure you have to pay the minimum regardless (i am in a similar situation of not wanting to invite a ton of people but our minimum being 125)
Post # 4
Oh I see. Hmm……should I invite more than 175 you think to make sure we can get 150?
Post # 5
i believe that you will be charged a minimum of 150 guests regardless if only 100 show up. in this case, make sure that you have enough people invited.
Post # 6
It probably varies depending on the venue. We could give our opinions but you need to contact the venue to be absolutely certain. Let the stress begin, right? 🙂
Post # 7
Yes you get charged the minimum number or the number you guaranteed, whichever is greater.
Post # 8
Sometimes if you don’t make the minimum you can apply the money to somehting else – like more food or upgraded drinks. I would definitely invite more than 175! I invited 175 (half were out of state) and got 104. My friend recently invited 150 and got 93.
Post # 9
I would talk to your venue. You will most likely be charged for the minimum number, but what the venue might (and probably will) work with you so instead of requiring you to pay for 150 guests, they might just require you to spend X amount of money. So if you only have 140 guests, you only pay for 140 dinners but then would also pay for an extra appetizer or upgraded bar or something so that the final payment is the same as 150 dinners.
Post # 10
I believe you have to pay for the minimum number of guests, even if you have less. But definitely ask your venue and make sure that you know their policy.
Post # 11
I invited over 150 and got 96 (1 no-show of the 96 although 2 more canceled just before final final tally needed to be in). We had a 100 minimum. We were able to have the 3 vendor meals count to the total, and only had to pay for one extra. We also had to pay extra for the 2 children meals (paid the adult price, or double the price of the food) as they were part of the 96. It was unfortunate, an unexpected, but luckily not terrifically far off. And we only guaranteed food – we only had to pay the number anticipated to be there for the alcohol.
Post # 12
The venue I’m looking at says that it doesn’t matter if you go under. But if you go over, and yeah, they’re going to count, they will charge for overage.
Post # 13
My stepsister’s venue asked that they pay $10 a meal extra if they were under minimum guaranteed.
But absolutely check your contract and/or talk to your coordinator.