I don't think you can really use stats for this one. You have to provide for everyone that rsvp's. I know there is a 10% no show "rule", but we invited 85, and 84 showed up. Imagine if we had used stats on that one...
I think there are to many factor to consider to get a realistc answer to this question: how close is the family, how big is the guest list,etc. For example I'm inviting 250 people and more than likely about 30-50 wont show. However if I would have just invited really close friends and family it would have been about 150-175 and Im pretty sure they would all show
We are inviting 30 & have guarenteed that. We will not invite more than 40 all together. We are doing the A/B list because if someone can't make it we would like to give someone else the opportunity to come. You just have to prioritize. Not trying to hurt feelings, but the world revolves around money and this is just another reminder of that.
We are inviting 120 and are expecting 100. I think the bigger the guest list the more people that are unlikely to come. Everyone I am invited are pretty important to me whereas if I were to invited 250 about 100 of those would be people I dont know very well at all and who wouldn't feel that bad about not coming.
I've always heard anywhere from 10%-20%. We invited 167 people (invites go out next week!!) and were thinking only about 130 would show, but we keep running into people we invited that we thought weren't going to come and they are all excited about the wedding! Right now we know 4 definitely can't come, but for my parents sake (and their wallets!) we are hoping for only around 130. I guess it all depends on the people, the situation, how far it is, etc.
My guest list is at 65 so far....i know there are still people I am forgetting. I come from a huge family 1st cousins 2nd cousins 3rd and blah blah blah. I expect everyone to show up and then some. Only invitations for the people we see on a regular basis. Everyone else can come to the after party just as long as they b.y.o.b! We are truly blessed that we aren't paying for catering and drinks.
Irina Feygin ·
Usually, the industry statistics is that 20-30% of guests don't show up, so Mz_Sunshine is correct! However, they are supposed to let you know beforehand so you could still cancel the food. Realistically, I wish all the people would follow the etiquette, but of course it's wishful thinking. Good luck to all!
I think it comes down to your personal guest list. If you've basically only invited close family and friends you can expect most to be there, but if there are a lot of acquaintances and distant relatives you will probably have more declines.