We invited 260 people, which was giving me a heart attack. We had space for 100% attendance, but it would have required us to use the outdoor space, which we did not want to have to rely on. That said, we were confident that 100% would not attend due to some travel/family illnesses.
We planned for (and estimated with our vendors) for 200 guests and it looks like we will have 160. This was a little surprising, we thought there would be more people, but we are happy for those who can attend. I feel bad because most of the declines came from FMILs family. They all live in the northeast and our wedding is in north Florida. I know it is out of my control, but most of them would have come had we gotten married in the NY area.
FI told me not to feel bad- we did not pick our location to be inconvenient, it was just really important to me to get married in my hometown. But I do wish more people had been able to make it from FMILs family.
Now we have to meet the catering minimum of 200- maybe we can add or upgrade some of the food since we had budgeted for the full 200?
Anyway, what do your numbers look like? Or what did you have, if you have already gotten married?