How many guests really do show up?

On average, how many guests even end up showing up? Let's say 100 people RSVP. How many no-shows should I expect? I don't want to lose money for paying for extra food.
Posted on June 15, 2007 at 6:17 am
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johnandjanet
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There were a few no shows, but for the most part everybody came. I guess it really depends on how well they know you. For a wedding with 100 people, I'm guessing they all know you pretty well so I would expect all of them to show up. :)
Posted on June 15, 2007 at 8:20 am
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I've heard the 10% estimate (that don't show up), but I've seen 30% and 0% not show up. Expect everyone to come.
Posted on June 15, 2007 at 9:42 am
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Ours was a destination wedding, so everybody who RSVP'd "yes" showed up. So it worked our perfectly. I think it's just rude to say yes and not show up and vice versa. I mean a wedding is not like any party where you can just drop in. What's wrong with people? =p
Posted on June 15, 2007 at 10:14 am
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I had expected 230 people at my reception and I think I had about 12 no shows. My friend had expected about 190 people and had almost 20 people no show. The unfortunate thing is that you still have to plan for everyone to show and provide food and seats for them in case they do all show.
Posted on June 15, 2007 at 12:06 pm
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I had 80 guests who RSVPd with a yes and only one couple didn't show up. Funnily enough, I had kind of expected them not to show as they are flaky - I even told DH when they RSVPd that they would be no-shows. But we still paid for them of course, as they didn't tell us they were not coming. The videographer and photographer got their meals...
Posted on September 8, 2007 at 10:57 am
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I have heard from several people that the amount of no shows also equals how many people show up without rsvping.  A friend had like 3 couples RSVP that they were coming and didn't, but then had 3 couples show up that did not RSVP so it all worked out.

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 9:55 am
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if anybody shows up w/o rsvp'ing...they won't have name cards or a place to sit...so they better come after the dinner is over!

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 9:58 am
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good....i already explained to FI that we would have to do that for any non-responders!

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 10:04 am

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