You find the venue of your dreams. It's within your budget, it checks off all of your boxes and your fiance is equally into it.
The only slight hitch is that it happens to have an absolute maximum occupancy of 175 and your guest list is hovering around 200. But that's OK, right? Plenty of your guests will say no, right? Not necessarily.
Please, please, please, if you're planning your wedding, don't assume 10 percent of your guests will RSVP in the negative.
We’ve all heard the stats: 10 percent of the people you invite won’t be able to make it—and up that to 20 percent if it’s a destination wedding. While sure, those numbers are probable, they’re not definite, and you shouldn’t count on them.
When putting together your final guest list, you might feel safe hedging your bets by over-inviting, but if more people say “Yes” than can actually fit in the venue, you’re in trouble. Keep your guest list within the venue capacity. Plus, remember that people are more accustomed to traveling for nuptials these days.
Inconvenient? Maybe, but if it means reducing potential stress down the line, we think it's worth it.