(Closed) E-mail RSVP vs. Traditional RSVP cards… what are your thoughts?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
  • poll: An e-mail address vs. RSVP cards - do or don't?
    Do! It's modern and green! : (16 votes)
    40 %
    Don't! It's untraditional! : (5 votes)
    13 %
    Either one is fine! : (19 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    i thought about doing this also, but my only cercern is the older guests or anyone who is not technologically inclined, they might not have internet access and therefore cannot rsvp, so i would also give the option of calling you,

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee

    Put a phone number on their to accomodate the less technically-inclined.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    i will tell you – we have a full, beautiful, helpful wedding website.  It looks pro, has its own domain name and email.  We have an RSVP @ address.  I put our invitations together, and bought a ton of postcard stamps for the RSVP.  My fiance was confused, because why would I waste money on the stamps when I clearly printed RSVP @ directions on the card.  I bet him that the numbers of RSVPs via email would be less than I can count on one hand, so i stamped the RSVP cards and sent them on their way. Wouldn’t you know it – probably about 4 people RSVP’ed that way.  Do a postcard, it’s the most eco friendly way.  I can’t picture my grandpa RSVPing via email, my goodness.

    PS: i haven’t seen my money from winning the bet – i should remind my dear fiance 😉

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    due to budget reasons (saving on paper and postage) we’re going with the website rsvp too. we put a phone number for our older guests, because as everyone noted, most grandma’s aren’t into the internet. my brother used the same method for his rsvps a few years ago and they didn’t have a problem, so i’m not too worried.

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I am doing RSVP through my wedding website also!

    We aren’t having many older guests at our wedding and the ones we are inviting are more tech savvy than myself!!!!

    This is an eco and budget friendly way to go!

    The website (with the knot) allows each person to RSVP and choose their food choice!

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    We enclosed RSVP postcards which can be mailed back the traditional way, or kept as a keepsake (cute graphic on it, etc.) for those that follow the online RSVP directions printed on it =)

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Our wedding website, via wedshare, allows rsvp online to multiple events, with answers to our random questions and entree selections. I just put our website URL on the invitation. Most of guests are internet savvy and the ones who are not I can count on one hand. Those who are not, I just get the rsvp by word of mouth (in person or phone). Those who failed to rsvp online is less than 4% of total guest list.

    This saves me time and $ used for reply cards & all the data I need are collected and tabulated for me in one place. I don’t need to create a spread sheet. It’s the best $100 I have spent in wedding planning. Most importantly of all, we save stamps and trees.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee

    I didnt do RSVPs via email but I would suggest you keep in mind that some older people may not be internet savvy or even have an email address.  Maybe for those people you can include a traditional RSVP card?

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We just did the printed kind…but as many of our guests are younger and techno-savvy, I think that an email RSVP would have been fine.  I just didn’t think to do it!

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We did online RSVPs through our wedding website, and it turned out great!  We also included a phone number in our invitations for those uncomfortable with the internet.  Would you know it, we had two people (out of about 120) RSVP via phone!  Almost everyone else responded on our website.  Plus, it was super convenient to not have to worry about losing or accidently throwing away an RSVP card.  Not to mention that our website had an option for downloading the responses, guest names and contact info, and meal choices into an Excel spreadsheet.  We loved it so much, and it was so conveneint for our guests, our friends getting married next summer have decided to do the same thing.  I say go for it!

    ETA:  Even my 86 year old Grandma RSVP’ed online (with the help of my aunt).  The only phone responses we got were from two of my mom’s cousins.  🙂

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    we allowed guests to RSVP fvia phone or the website.  There were onlye about 5 couple maybe that wouldn’t be computer savvy enough but they either called or let us know in person.

    Looking back, I wouldn’t have done it, because I saw so many neat ideas for RSVP cards that I didn’t know about.  In the end I would have only saved about $50 (including postage), and I think it would’ve been worth the results for me. 

    It’s really a preference things.  i definitely think it’s becoming to more acceptable etiquette to provide online RSVP options.

    Post # 14
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m going to make it phone, e-mail, and our website, especially since I want to keep it pretty informal. I’m all for saving trees and money.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    we told them to rsvp to email addy or physical address. we didn’t need any information from them other than headcount – which was pretty clear from the way most people rsvped anyway.

    we thought the ones that weren’t tech savvy would use snail mail – they called us instead. so if i had to do over, i would suggest email addy and phone number.

    Post # 16
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010 - Stage 6 Steiner Studios

    I would use a website for most people. But for older guests they might appreciate the traditional rsvp. Even I was confused once when my friend sent her invitation w/o an RSVP card and i was looking and looking until I found the email RSVP (in my defense it was very small swirly font!).

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