(Closed) Wow! Guest lists add up fast!

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kendra389:  I think it happens to everyone, especially when you start adding in +1’s!

Post # 4
1356 posts
Bumble bee

This post could be mine!

I also started adding up guests for venue searches, because I was imagining having MAX 40 guests. I came up with 70, without consulting SO. I never realised I am close to so many people! I always thought people who had weddings with more than 100 people were either celebrities or people who invited everyone they had ever met, hahaha.

Post # 6
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our original guest list was over 150 people! We had 80 FAMILY MEMBERS!

So we had to do a LOT of cutting to get down to the 45 people we invited!

Post # 8
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yes — they do add up fast, especially when everyone has an SO.  We ended up with 30 invited after only anticipating inviting 20.


One thing to note, especially if it looks like you are going to have a smaller wedding: Don’t feel like you need to bulster your guest list to live up to many of the venues’ “required minimum guest count.”  There are LOTS of places that will cater to smaller weddings, you just have to find them — they aren’t going to be the big, mainstream wedding factories.


Post # 9
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Unfortunately yes. I wanted a small wedding-we are inviting 253. That is mostly family we are close to and maybe around 50 friends (plus ones and children included in that). So many people πŸ™ I just counted them all utoday and I am so upset. Thankfully our venue is quite large. 

Post # 10
1848 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Yeah, I know the feeling. I was adamant about a “small” wedding – but vendors all kind of gave us the same look when we mentioned our party of 60 people. Then we ended up falling in love with our venue with the minimum of 100. So we’re working on getting up there.

Post # 11
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yeah, we were dead set on a small wedding ourselves, but our list quickly grew from 50 to 100 to 150 to 200! Sighs.  At least in the end we had about 150 show up. So I guess it’s not TOO TOO bad…

Post # 12
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kendra389:  yes. my small wedding is at 342 guests, and I know there’s a few more last minute additons coming too.

Post # 14
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kendra389:  I know right. that’s how I felt, but it will be worth it in the end. πŸ™‚

Post # 15
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I wanted around 100….guest list grew to 145.  It adds up with all the +1s and all my parents friends, etc.  We didn’t invite kids, which took the number down about 20.  In the end we had 110 show up, which was perfect!

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