(Closed) Your final guest count

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

i’m curious about this too! the lady who gave us a tour of our venue said to expect 15% will not come, but i’m worried because nearly our entire guest list is local. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

There is a bee on here who has. She gave me nightmares. Like cold sweat, multiple night nightmares.

I am really hoping for 80% (or less if they want to leave the munchkins at home).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mrs_brownie:  My venue coordinator told us 75% for large weddings, 80% for weddings where about half were outside of a 2 hour drive, 85% for important weddings (first grandchild, 10 years since the last wedding, doing it instead of a reunion), and 90% for small weddings.

So we are the first wedding in 20 years on my side, 10 years on FI’s side, both sides are cancelling a reunion for this, and 90% of the guest list is within a reasonable drive. Hence my nightmares.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think we ended up with 74 attending out of 96. Of the 96, 5 were curtesy invites to Out of Town relatives of mine. 74/96 = 77% and 74/91 = 81% soooo about 19-23% of our invited guests could not attend a small, local wedding. Of the people who did not attend, all but 3 were out of state. 

Post # 8
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1736 posts
Bumble bee

We have 138 attending out of 204. That is roughly 68% – I am pretty happy with that number (as I had said to the venue that my goal was to get to 130 guests)!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We ended up with 150 “will attend” replies out of a total of 212 guests invited.  We were married on a Friday night of a holiday weekend, at a venue that was at least semi-destination (1.5 hours away from the majority of our guests and me, three-to-four hours from Darling Husband and another large group of guests, and many states away — requiring long trips by car or plane — for other guests.) Also, we did not send Save-The-Date Cards, but mailed our invitations about 12 weeks before the wedding (about eight-and-a-half weeks prior to our “reply by” date.)

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You can count on around 20% RSVPing “no.”  Most of our wedding guests were close family and friends, and we still go some “no’s.”  I think we had around 140 attend, and we invited around 175. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Only four people didn’t come out of 62 (including us).  The one couple couldn’t get off of work and the other couple was my aunt and her husband.  Unfortunately, her husband’s father passed so they were unable to attend.  Everyone replied will attend.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m totally hoping for/planning on no’s. We could accommodate everyone if they said yes (and brought a guest – every single person got a guest), but we’d have to substantially change the venue layout. But seriously, I know that isn’t happening. Great aunt that lives in a nursing home on the other side of the country is NOT coming – and not bringing a guest. But we invited her out of respect to my grandma. Same with some of my dad’s colleagues that live across the country. I invited a bunch of coworkers (who I am VERY close with, but they live in other states since we are a remote organization).

Our wedding is not local for anyone, but it’s also not a destination wedding. It’s in a medium-sized college town in the midwest, the closest major city is 2.5 hours away. It’s not especially convenient to get to if you don’t live in the two cities our main people are from, and it’s not somewhere people would choose to make a weekend of. His side is coming from 3 hours away, my side is coming for 2.5 hours away (meet in the middle – that’s why we didn’t pick his city or my city).

We invited 255 (including all those +1s) and I’m anticipating 140 – 160 given the number of out-of-staters. I’ve run the numbers a bunch of ways and will be surprised if we come in much outside that. We do have a backup plan to accommodate it, it just would be a big shock.

Post # 16
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1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We’re having a large wedding: invited 441, coming is 320, so ours is about a 72% attendance rate.  I think it’s very true (for the most part), the bigger the wedding, the more of the RSVP count will be no.  We both live in-state where our familites are from and are getting married in my hometown.  Fiance is from about 2 hours away. 

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