…but then again, too few to mention?
Six months to go and we’re deep in the heart of Guest List territory. Things are getting brutal. The combination of my mahussive family and… well the rest of the people we would like to be there is causing us quite the quandry. We’ve set the limit at 200… but now we’re thinking of working the figures. Well, I said ‘We’. But we all know we mean ‘I’.
A quick scout about on Google and I’ve found the tidbit of information I’ve been looking for, on Premier Bride: “Usually about 25 percent of invitees will be unable to attend, giving you some leeway.” That means we could potentially invite up to 40 more guests in the hope of having a nice round 200 on the day. I know what you’re thinking. Part of me just doesn’t want to acknowledge it.
So, to Twitter. I asked, “Wedding Peeps! How true is the maxim that about 20% of invited guests will not attend the wedding?” – and the figures came rolling in – 20%, 10-5%, 0%. Oh. Right.
So, brides-to-be, I’d like to know how you are handling this quandry. My logical mind tells me not to play russian roulette with our guest list, but part of me likes to live on the edge.
I haven’t even mentioned the budgetary implications for this. I mean, if you have 20% fewer guests than anticipated, your food bill will be 20% lower. Does that mean a new honeymoon wardrobe, or are you over-inviting and hoping for the usual regret rate? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear what you think.
Reply card from a selection at Pretty as a Picture.
UPDATE: Well in the end, the figures went as follows for us:
Attrition rate: A perfect 20%
Our approach was to invite as many people as we wanted and see who could come. A few factors influenced the high attrition rate in our case – the reception was away from the city and as it was in November, some of the people we invited who worked shift had ran out of holidays to take. If we were planning a smaller wedding I have no doubt that this rate would have been very different.
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