Destination Weddings: Attendance Percentage?

Q: How do I estimate my guest list? What percentage of my initial list will actually attend?

A: In general, you should expect about a 50 percent attendance rate -- that is, if you invite 100 people, you should plan on approximately 50 making the trip. But this is just an estimate -- some couples have as many as two-thirds of their initial guest list attend their far-flung festivities. Only you two can really judge for how far your friends and family will be willing to travel. Want to increase your turn-out? Save-the-date cards can make a huge difference -- the earlier you send them out, the more likely you are to increase your attendance percentage.-- JoAnn Gregoli

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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot