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Co-Workers Less Likely To Cancel Your Wedding Than Cousins, Best Friends

June 13, 2018

No-show guests are a common issue for couples planning a wedding but you might be surprised to discover who is least - and most - likely not to turn up or to cancel at the last minute.

What wedding guests are likely to be no-shows?
It turns out that best friends and cousins (17.6% each) are the most likely types to cancel at the last minute, despite having already RSVPD their attendance. with 13.7% of acquaintances also failing to arrive. 

Surprisingly, besties, cousins and acquaintances were twice as likely to cancel as work colleagues, aunts and uncles, and "obligatory" guests (7.8% each). 

You can depend on close family to attend: no grandparents were reported as failing to attend, followed by only 3.9% of parents and step-parents, and siblings and/or their partners (5.8%).

Reasons for cancelling at the last minute
Couples said that no-show guests cancelled at the last minute because "they couldn't be bothered" (30%), because of illness or death (28%), double-booked (12%), forgot, or had a fight with the couple prior to the wedding (8% each), pregnancy (6%) or had flight/transport delays (4%) (which is one reason to weigh up destination weddings vs local weddings).

Couples aren't thrilled with guests who cancel at the last minute: 86.7% didn't have enough time to replace their no-shows with other guests, let alone change and update their now-obsolete seating plans.

One in four respondents (41.1%) had 1-2 guests who failed to turn up, a third (33.3%) had 3-5 missing guests, and 17.6% had 5-9 guests who cancelled at the last minutes.

Couples unfairly waste hundreds of dollars on guests who don't show at the last minute: 47% had a minimum guest spend of under $100 per head, 43.1% had to spend $101-$150 per guest while 7.8% spent over $150 per guest at their wedding.

What venues do about cancellations
Most couples (73%) were charged the full amount despite having empty seats at their guest tables.

However, of the venues which didn't charge the couple, of these, a quarter were cocktail receptions where they served finger food ("there was more to go around for everyone else") or sit-anywhere weddings where there was no assigned seating.

Other venues offered the couple a free dinner at a later date as compensation, while one replaced two children for every missing adult guest and another fed the wedding photographer in place of the missing guest.

Since it's basically obligatory to attend your company Christmas party (unlike weddings), discover how to choose cool corporate Christmas party venues your guests will love.

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