No matter what you do, there will always be family members and friends who will never send back the RSVP…either it was lost, forgotten, or they just didn’t think it is necessary. They are usually the people who show up without sending in the RSVP or calling the day before in a panic because they just remembered…. Classic!
The best way to avoid as many of those problems as possible is to give your guests more than one option to RSVP.
You do not need to list all the options on your invitations, but you should make if very clear an RSVP is mandatory (give a cut-off date). You can provide multiple ways to RSVP and list them on your wedding website. Some websites will allow you take RSVPs on their website. Here are a list of ways you might want to consider using:
*CAUTION* some ways of RSVPing might miss out on critical information like meal choice, so take that into consideration and choose appropriately based on the type of wedding you are having.
1) Mail In
2) Add phone and email to invitations and/or wedding website for fast RSVP
3) Wedding Website – i.e. The Knot, eWedding, mywedding (*might not accept meal choices)
4) RSVP Online manager (http://www.perfectweddings.sg/free-online-rsvp-and-guest-list-tool)
5) Twitter or Facebook page
6) Give incentive for RSVPing – i.e. every RSVP receives a drink ticket or a special gift
Hopefully this will help you avoid calling up your Aunt Betty and verifying that she will indeed be at your wedding (with her bird cage hat and all).
Reblogged from Wedding 101