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The Proper Way to RSVP to Weddings
When you are asked to RSVP for a wedding, it is incredibly important to do so and to do so by the deadline given. When a couple has an accurate guest count, this assists in the creation of the seating chart, ensuring the correct amount of food and alcohol will be ordered and just giving the couple a general idea of how many guests to expect. If you don’t reply in time, this could make your time at their wedding much less enjoyable. Trust me, you don’t want to be that guy who didn’t RSVP in time and end up stuck at the kids table!
How to RSVP
As more and more we move to a fully digital world, the mail in RSVP notices are becoming less frequent. However, this can still be an option and it is entirely the couples decision on how to have their RSVPs come in. The following are some frequent RSVP methods and how to respond to them.
- Online– Popular wedding websites now allow you to create a custom website complete with a full guest list and online RSVP portal. This saves the couple time and skips the hassle of waiting on those RSVP cards to be mailed back- sometimes without a name, potentially being more confusing rather than helpful. Simply follow the link the couple provides and enter in all the requested information. There may be a few additional questions included like dietary restrictions or ‘must have’ songs. Just fill this out and hit submit and you are good to go!
- Mail in- Mail in RSVPs can be included in the invitation you receive and will typically come with a return envelope that is already filled out and stamped. Be sure when you go to return these kinds of RSVPs that all questions and blanks are filled in. There will be an area for your name, if you will have a plus one and your food selection. As with the online option, there might be a special request you can write in or a place to leave a note for the couple. Once this information is filled in, simply place the card in the envelope and return to your host!
- Mixed– We all know that some are better with technology than others. It is possible for those who are older to not be as familiar with how to RSVP online, having the potential to drastically impact your guest count. If that is the case, feel free to integrate the two methods above and mail your grandmother a RSVP card but keep your younger cousins to the online RSVP. If you prefer to stick fully to online, you can also set a reminder date a few days before the RSVP deadline to reach out and call those who you are still waiting to hear from.
However you have your guests RSVP, make sure you are properly keeping up with the numbers to ensure your day goes as smoothly as possible. Better yet, why don’t you let us keep up with it for you?
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