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Old 12-15-2012, 07:53 PM   #16
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We invited 165 and 95 came
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:20 PM   #17
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Whoa Belle! Where do you live? Does most of your family live there?
Where did you have your wedding? Do you have a journal or report?
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:36 PM   #18
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We invited about 130 and 55 came. We went with that big a number b/c at least 30 of them were people on my husband's side who I was told would definitely not come, we just needed to extend the invite (and he was true to that word!). We thought we would have around 80... but more and more of my friends found they couldn't afford the trip. As much as I missed a lot of them, it ended up well in our favor... at 55 we just hit our budget. I can't imagine what we would've done if we had to pay for another 25! It took us awhile to get our budget in order, lol.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:30 PM   #19
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Whoa Belle! Where do you live? Does most of your family live there?
Where did you have your wedding? Do you have a journal or report?
I live here in Orlando and while maybe 20 of our friends that came to the wedding live here, no one else does. My immediate family is from Jacksonville so had them and some of my parents friends from there, but have extended family in Virginia and DH's family is from Denver. And then random people from all over.

Our ceremony was at the Wedding Pavillion, our cocktail hour was in Whitehall Room and Patio and our reception was in one of the Grand Floridian Ballrooms.

And I do have a planning journal! It's below in my signature

Let me know if you have any questions or I can help with anything!!
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #20
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We invited 70 guests and 55 ended up coming. We live in Massachusetts, but our guests are from all over the US (MA, FL, AL, CA, OH, MI, etc...)

We sent out our Save the Dates 11 months in advance to give people enough time to plan and decide if they can afford and can schedule the trip. We also kept potential guests up to date via a newsletter with current Disney deals, offered up our travel agent, and did whatever we could to make the trip planning easier. I think our guests appreciated that. We finally sent our invitations about 5 months in advance, but most everyone knew whether they were going, booked their trip...

We got married the week before Christmas (our 1 yr anniversary is on Tuesday!!) so alot of people turned it into a little mini vacation for themselves.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:54 PM   #21
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We live in NY and had a good amount of people. Remember though if you invite 100, you will NOT have a 100. It is rare 100% of people will come. We also did pre-invites to see who could make it. I think we invited around 100-120 and had around 70. Some of the 70 were from Florida though (about 10).
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:20 PM   #22
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pixie....that's the other issue i'm having...we can't afford to spend $50-$60k & get nothing in return..we could easily invite 185 people..so even if 90 came..it could be pricey b/c I feel like you can't expect gifts for destination wedding..so it's realllllyyyy stressing me out & making me have a hard time deciding what to do....personal question but did you receive gifts? Did you have a bridal shower & engagement party?
You're from NY so you know how much weddings here can cost! What part of NY are you from?
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:22 PM   #23
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pixie..one more thing..how far in advance did you do pre-invites? You already had the date set I assume?
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:56 PM   #24
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We invited about 65 (I don't know the exact number because we kept inviting people after the initial 30 or so invites went out) and 30 came. The funny thing is after the invites went out we had about 50 verbal yes's, but when it came down to actually sending the response card in a lot of those yes's were no's. About 55 of the 65 invited were family. We got married December 10th. I let people know verbally about a year in advance, sent a pre-wedding newsletter in July, sent actual invitations in September with November 1st RSVP deadline, and a final newsletter mid November. We, and most of our guests, live in Virginia. We did have some come from NC and TX.

A big chunk of them (14) are taking a family trip to WDW next summer so they didn't come. We're having an "at-home" reception in a few months (that I have no desire to plan) and I anticipate about 75-100 people coming to that.

I had two bridal showers and decided against an engagement party (but my MIL wanted to throw one). We didn't get any gifts at the actual wedding, but we did get 2-3 cards with some cash.
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