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 yourguests 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)
This is probably one of the most common things that I’m asked. When is the right time to… <insert your wedding-related thing>? Everything is always going to be unique to your own situation, but in general, there are good time periods for things to be done for your wedding. So, I thought that I would help answer some of those questions…
When is the right time to send out Save The Dates? Save The Dates should be sent out 8-6 months before your wedding. 8 months if you know you’ll be having people travel or if it’s around a holiday time. Really, 8 months is the ideal time-frame to let people know about your wedding. Anything less than 6 months before your wedding, why not just save your money and send your invites a little earlier? 🙂
What to include in your Save The Date:
– The city that your wedding will be occurring in
– Your wedding website (which should have lots more info about your wedding for your guests)
– Your names & the date (duh, but just in case you forgot!)
– That a formal invitation will be following
My best piece of advice for Save The Dates is to work with a designer– preferably the same one you want to work with for your invitations. It’s pretty awesome to have all of your paper products match and go with the style and theme of your wedding! Plus, Save The Dates are the very first glimpse of your wedding- you want them to be awesome so your guests can get excited about your wedding! There are SO many great ideas for Save The Dates out there- just have a look on Pinterest or browse through the ELV Paper Pros if you need inspiration!
If you’ve already sent your Save The Dates, when did you send yours and what did you do? Have you seen any AWESOME Save The Date ideas?!
The programs for your wedding ceremony may seem like a small detail among all the elements of your wedding, but they offer an opportunity to show your personality, support the theme of your wedding, and give your guests something fun to use and keep.
No one says your programs have to be printed on the usual single-page or bi-fold piece of stationary. Think about uncommon ways to present your programs.