What is the proper etiquette on wedding invitations: how much time should guests have to RSVP to your wedding?
As a rule of thumb, you should choose a respond-by date that is approximately 2 to 4 weeks before the wedding date.
For instance, if you’re getting married on May 20, your RSVP date should be anywhere from April 22 to May 6.
PRO TIP: We made a calculator here to find out your approximate date.
How Much Is Too Much Time to RSVP?
Why does this timeline of two to four weeks make a difference? Typically, you’ll need a headcount for your caterer no later than 2 weeks before the wedding. The extra two weeks gives guests a little time to send it in early — which is great for you to have before the 2-week mark, too.
In addition, this is plenty of time for guests to decide if they can attend, how to handle babysitting plans if needed, travel accommodations, etc.
What Happens If You Give Guests More Time?
If you allow greater time to RSVP, your number won’t be accurate to the caterer on time and you may risk paying for meals for guests who do not attend.
What About RSVPing Earlier Than 4 Weeks?
If you provide an RSVP-by date that is sooner, guests may put it off and forget to respond altogether. Moreover, you’ll find some guests RSVP yes and have to change it at the last minute.
Now that you know when to have your guests RSVP by, let’s discuss what kinds of RSVP cards there are.
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UP NEXT: Learn the three types of RSVP cards to offer guests.
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