Alternate Title #2: The One Thing I Would Change About This Wedding Process.
We invited approximately 177 people to our wedding. I say approximately because there were a couple of last minute add ons coughbytheMisterandhisfamilynotmecough that I don't think ever officially got on the list-list. They got an invite, but maybe weren't actually added to the Google doc that holds all the relevant guest info. Whatevs. Not my problem.
Anyway, I was a little nervous. I was initially hoping for 100 people, and then I decided that was unrealistic and bumped that number up to 120, maybe 130. I may have been that bride that opens up the RSVPs and wishes "Please, be a no!" But it turns out, people like us a freaking lot.
Sally Field's "You Really Like Me" Speech / Image via Nina Spencer
There are ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY SOME PEOPLE coming to our wedding. Also known as a boatload.
Kinda Like This, 'Cept with People / Image via Just My Truth
Want a breakdown? Here it is!
In State Guests: 103 invited, 89 "yay, will be there!"s, 14 "no, will be squares" = 86% yays
Out of State Guests: 73 invited, 46 "yay, will be there!"s, 27 "no, will be squares" = 63% yays
Out of the Country Guest: 1 invited, 1 no = 0% yays
Us: 2. I kept forgetting to include us.
Professionals Who Might Get Hungry But Won't Necessarily Need a Chair: 7
Total Number of Peoples: 144. 177 invited, 144 coming, 81% yays!
Yay Freaking Indeed. OK, don't get me wrong. We chose to invite most of these people. We're not idiots. It's just a lot of people. And people as wedding guests are expensive. It will all be fine in the friendly end. It's just...a lot.
Other FUN Wedding RSVP Statistics. And I use the word "fun" completely ironically!!!
Didn't Respond by the Deadline: Approximately 30 people total. Despite Facebook and Gchat prompts, emails, calls, reminders, we have still not heard back from 4 people. Lame.
Responded But Didn't Put Their Name on the Invitation: ZERO. Forget the invisible ink, it was a waste of time.
Responded, Included Their Name, But Forgot to Check Yay or Nay: Two. Really?
People Coming Who Neither Me Nor the Mister Know: Too many, in my humble opinion. I'm not sure why I let those people get on the guest list in the first place. Actually, I do know. It was in the beginning stages of wedding planning when everything was hunky dory and I wasn't thinking about numbers or money and when people said "Oh, they won't come" I believed them.
If I could get with Cher and turn back time, this is the number one thing I would change about this entire wedding process. Not inviting people I don't know.
Is there anything you would change about the guest list, or anything else?