I cannot stress enough how important it is for your budgeting purposes to determine how many guests will actually attend the wedding. I feel so bad for brides who calculate the wedding budget based on 60 guests who in good faith say they will attend and then 30 guests actually book the trip and show up! Unfortunately for the bride this causes a huge dissapointment not only emotionally but strictly in budgeting terms. To all friends of brides and brides themselves, please make sure you can make the trip before you commit because the 100 or so dollars per person wasted on no shows could be the difference between a simple but tasteful wedding and a superb, highly decorated wedding and with the money saved the brides could even have enough for souvenirs and cool entertainment like Mariachis, Taco Bar, extra lighting and many more goodies. 100 to 250 dollars a person is a range which is common in weddings for catering and table decorations so if 30 guests do not come it could mean a difference of 3,000 up to 10,000 dollars in budget for catering and table decorations. So please watch this part of your planning. I think it is the most common mistake in budgeting.
For those who cannot make the trip just let them know there will be a night out to toast the couple and have a send off party at their expense obviously since you are paying for the wedding and they should undertand.
Good luck and save money ,
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