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Getting guests to RSVP to your wedding shouldn’t be so hard! It seems pretty straightforward: send an invitation, get an RSVP, right? Well, there are a few tips you can follow to make sure guests rsvp quickly (and with ease). Here’s what you need to know…
How to Get Guests to RSVP
1. Be clear and concise.
Make sure your response card inside your invitation clearly states when and how to rsvp. Every reply card should have a definitive date when the response is due (typically two weeks before your final head count is due to your caterer) and how to do so (“please mail response by…” or “please email your rsvp by…” such and such date).
2. No more than two options.
People love options. But too many options will make the process of collecting RSVPs chaotic for you. We recommend no more than two RSVP options to give people an option: one through snail mail and the other via email OR text. If you wish, your online wedding website can serve as the place where RSVPs are collected, if you choose to do so.
3. Pre-stamp and pre-address your response cards and/or envelopes.
Your response card should come with a pre-stamped envelope with correct return postage. It should also be pre-addressed with your return address. This way, guests only have to check the appropriate box to show if they are attending or not, along with choice of entree(s) (if applicable).
4. Offer an incentive.
Make your RSVP more fun and guests will want to return theirs quicker. For instance, include a song request on your RSVP card and guests will want to send it in right away (to make it in time for your music list). If it doesn’t make them fill it out quicker, it will at least make for a more fun way to respond. My friend did this recently and I couldn’t wait to throw this tune on there. It’s one of my favorites, especially for weddings. Can’t wait to dance with Andrew at their wedding.
Or consider a mad lib style rsvp card — 100x more fun than a regular check box.
When guests rsvp, collect the responses in an envelope and make a list or spreadsheet to keep track. It is best to record the response immediately when you receive it. This will keep you organized and eliminates confusion if anything gets lost.
See? Not so tough after all! You totally got this.
P.S. Need invitation inspiration? Read: 50+ Best Wedding Invitations for 2016