Originally Posted by agm04
Waiting for people to book is driving me CRAZY. I'm so impatient. I went ahead and started buying for my OOT bags, just because 1. I am really type A and needed to check some of the stuff off my list, and 2. I have a huge professional exam 3 weeks before my wedding, so I really need to be finished with as much as possible by like February. Also didn't want to be left with the entire expense at once. So here's what I did: I have a spreadsheet with my guest list, then whether or not they are likely to show, and whether or not they are likely to bring someone. I'm basing my welcome bags on that #, which I'm calling "likely to show". I could definitely be off, but from what I've heard, the # of people you think will come and back out kind of evens out the # you think won't come and do. It's gamble but oh well. I've made 56 bags (we sewed the bags), and I don't have the materials to make more, so I'll have to make that # work. We're planning on about 100 people. If it gets bigger than 105 we have a problem. Haha. I can't WAIT to get invitations out mid January so I can start getting replies. A lot of my close friends (ones I already knew were coming) have started asking if they should put down deposits and booking flights. The answer is an enthusiastic YES!
I'm happy to hear there are others in the same boat as me waiting for people to book! I thought it was only me for a while. On the forum it seems like a lot of brides getting married in May/June/July already have alot of guest booked, at least the deposit. That worried me for a bit until I realized there were others in my shoes too :-)
I like your idea of guessing but I just have no clue. It could be 50 it could be 25. I would just hate to buy 50 of each and then have sooo many leftovers. I know I could probably sell them on here or another website but I just don't want to go through that hassle. I'll just wait until it gets a little closer. Soon after invitations go out I'm sure we'll start hearing more who's coming/not coming. However; if I had a huge exam like you did 3 weeks before, I'd want to get them out of the way as well!