RSVP—what the heck?

Well, I have news for you!  I have planned weddings for over 10 years, and I have never received 100% return on RSVP’s—Why can’t everyone do their part and put their RSVP card in the mail?  I only have theories, but no real data to support the why behind the non-rsvp’ers, but it is frustrating!  

Procrastinators by nature?  Not sure if they can make it?  Don’t have a mail slot convenient enough?  Whatever the reason, here are some ways to get more positive results from your guests—

  1. Make it as easy as possible.  Always stamp the rsvp card with appropriate postage and be sure it is labeled with the correct return address to come straight to you.
  2. You can use language to make RSVP’ing more fun.  I have currently seen my brides and grooms use phrases such as “why not?” “just can’t…” even ad-lib games to get more responses. Traditional is also good…if it is straight, to the point and gives you the information you need.
  3. Give them more than one way to RSVP.  While this is more work for you, it may get more responses from your guests.  Provide an email address for them to send their RSVP or many of the free wedding websites have an RSVP feature. 
  4. When all else fails, track your guest down via email or a call. 

If you are guilty of not sending an RSVP card….the reasons why it is so important should be clear by now.  While you invited your guests for a reason, and you truly want them to be there for your special day, you also want the opportunity to save a few dollars if you can.

So, the next time you get an invitation in the mail, email, whatever….do your part, and let your first gift to that couple be your RSVP in the mail!  Pronto! 

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