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Amanda
Super October 2017

Married Brides! How many guests didn't show up?

Amanda, on July 25, 2017 at 8:40 AM

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To all your happily married brides out there, how many of your guests RSVP'd yes but then didn't show up? I keep hearing expect 25% to no show! Can it be??

To all your happily married brides out there, how many of your guests RSVP'd yes but then didn't show up? I keep hearing expect 25% to no show! Can it be??

59 Comments

  • Linds
    Master March 2017
    Linds ·
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    We had 149 (including kids) and everyone who RSVP yes actually showed.

    We invited 237, so our decline rate was kind of high. We had a lot of out of town guests and it was winter in WNY so it's not all that surprising.

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  • Mrs. Coakley
    Master June 2017
    Mrs. Coakley ·
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    112 RSVPd yes, 107 attended. 2 were suddenly ill, 1 had a kid with a broken leg(her husband still attended) 1 groomsman's date decided something ridiculous was more important, and FBIL's friend just ditched. I'm a little salty about the last two but whatever. Day was perfect on all accounts so their loss.

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  • Rachel
    VIP September 2018
    Rachel ·
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    I would be soooooooo salty at any no shows if they don't have a decent reason.

    I'm not married yet but for what it's worth, I think that 25% figure is way off too. I only went to one wedding with a high no-show rate and there was some serious family drama a few days before the wedding so no one was surprised.

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  • TheeOne2Love
    VIP December 2017
    TheeOne2Love ·
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    Praying for a very similar outcome as @Linds lol We are inviting 242. ( yes we can host them all) But I am hoping for a number closer to 150-175 lol

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  • Jeanette
    Super July 2017
    Jeanette ·
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    3 didn't show up to my wedding. Out of 130 people

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  • GymRat
    Master May 2017
    GymRat ·
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    190 invited

    150 RSVP'd yes

    No shows: 7. Technically 4 - the other 3 gave us an explanation before the wedding, but after we already gave a final number.

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  • Emma
    Master May 2017
    Emma ·
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    We didn't have any no-shows. We had three people change their RSVPs to no after we'd paid for them. We invited 127 and 88 RSVP'd yes, so we had a high decline rate.

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  • lyla
    Master July 2017
    lyla ·
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    3 no shows out of 100 guests so 3%. We didn't know those 3 individuals; they were friends of our parents.

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  • s
    Expert July 2017
    s ·
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    0, everyone who said they'd be there showed up.

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  • Leah
    VIP July 2017
    Leah ·
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    We had five no shows, but I can think of quite a few who didn't attend the ceremony, but came to the reception (which is just as rude if you ask me). And they were local.

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  • Bee
    Master April 2017
    Bee ·
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    @amanda how far out of town? We had 55 people total and everyone had to drive atleast 1.5 (more like 2 hours) to to get there unless they stayed over the night before. Every single one came on time and we started at the time on the invites. This is the norm in our circles.

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  • AK
    VIP July 2017
    AK ·
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    Invited 146, 122 accepted (84%)

    3 people (2%) no showed. Wedding was 1 hour away for ~70% of guests and 7 hours away for the rest. I think the number you're seeing is how many people RSVP yes, not the percentage that no show.

    ETA: The 3 were all under 1 hour away.

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  • Emily
    Master May 2014
    Emily ·
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    Umm, no. 25% of your guest list will not no-show. That is crazy. We had one. She had an accident and texted us the morning of the wedding to let us know.

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  • Becky-Jo
    Devoted May 2017
    Becky-Jo ·
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    We had a total of 52 (including myself and hubby) and 45 showed. All of them rsvp'd yes.

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  • The-New-Mrs-K
    Expert July 2017
    The-New-Mrs-K ·
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    We had 144/225 guests say they were coming, and three who just did not show up the day of.

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  • New
    VIP May 2017
    New ·
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    I'm not married, yet but just want to point out that it's not just brides on this forum.

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  • Orchids
    Master March 2018
    Orchids ·
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    We had two no-shows, a plus 1 who it turns out was never actually asked to come, and a friend who woke up with a stomach flu that morning. The friend did send a text, so I don't really consider him a no-show.

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  • KittyPrawn
    Master June 2017
    KittyPrawn ·
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    I invited 101 people. I had 15 declines (mostly +1s). I had 2 guests no-show.

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  • WinterSweet
    Devoted July 2017
    WinterSweet ·
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    About 1/3 of our guests who RSVPed no showed. We were surprised, but hey, more leftover cake for us

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  • annakay511
    Master July 2015
    annakay511 ·
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    We had 3 people not show up. 2 were a couple from OOT who called to tell us that morning that both their young sons were sick so they would not be able to make it. The 3rd was a plus-one of a single friend, he ended up attending alone.

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