(Closed) Forgo RSVP cards in lieu of Emails?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
  • poll: How will your guests rsvp?
    RSVP card with envelope : (11 votes)
    34 %
    RSVP postcard : (6 votes)
    19 %
    email/website : (13 votes)
    41 %
    other : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    I’m going with the traditional RSVP card, but I am also thinking of includng my email on the RSVP card.

    My concern with only using email is that a lot of my family members are not very internet savvy!  Just think about your grandparents and older aunts and uncles trying to RSVP online or via email! ? !

    If you think most of the people you are inviting will be able to email or go to a website, then go for it! I think it’s a great way to save money and paper!

     

    Post # 4
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    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    We are doing traditional RSVP cards because I feel like I will feel most organized this way.  Plus, a lot of our relatives are not computer savvy and I don’t know that I can count on them to call!

    Post # 5
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    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2008

    I had people RSVP via my wedding website. It worked out just fine too. Almost EVERYONE RSVPd through the site, and those who weren’t internet savvy told a friend or family member if they were coming and then that friend/family member RSVPd for them on our site. Those who didn’t use our site just gave us a phone call to let us know they were coming.

    Post # 6
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    168 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I created a little insert card that indicated people could contact us via phone, email, or Web site. That way, the dozen or so guests who don’t use computers can give us a call to let us know they are coming.

    Post # 7
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    121 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We are asking people to e-mail or call us to RSVP. I kind of like the call aspect because then I can speak to people as well. I’ve been pretty amazed at how internet saavy (or at least e-mail saavy) some of my older guests are. Are wedding is not too large either so I think we’ll be okay in handling the volume of e-mails, etc.

    Post # 8
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    297 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    We sent out tradititonal RSVP cards, but friends of mine have successfully used phone and/or email and/or websites to get people to RSVP. You just have to let them know who to call/email/etc.

    Post # 9
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    15 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    I actually did both. For those guests to RSVP online, I included instructions directing them to the wedding website. For those who RSVPed the traditional way, I included a stamped envelope and numbered the cards on the back of the card in case the guest forgot to include names. It worked out great. I saw replies within 2 days of sending out my invites!

    Post # 10
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    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I thought about the "green"-ness of not using cards/ envelopes, but since they came with my invitation set I wasn’t saving paper by not using them. I’m not sure if you can make an argument for the gas/expense of transporting the mail, but I just thought about that.

    I am having a good time getting my replies back in the mail and seeing little notes that people are writing. It’s really nice, and I’ll probably keep them in a wedding memory box. I didn’t sent out too many invites so the postage wasn’t bad, although I know that is a concern the more invitations you send out. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    We are including both phone numbers and email addresses.

    Post # 12
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    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Go for it!  We’ve gotten less than half of our cards back, I doubt you could do any worse with emails, phone, and website.  Our families need some serious talking to!  It might have been nice to use the money we spent on the cards / envelopes / postage on something else. 

    Post # 13
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    613 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We included a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the reply card.  We also included our webaddress at the bottom on the card.  Some people mailed the card in, some replied on the website, and most I have had to call and stalk to get a response.  I wouldnt stress this one too much because chances are many people will lose the card or forget to send it in…or you’ll have to call anyway and tell them their invitation was for +1 and not +7, but I digress…if you dont want to include a reply card for mailing, include some type of insert, separate from the invitation, that explains how to RSVP.

    Post # 14
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    25 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We’re doing the email/website/phone call route.  Most of our guests can handle the internets and those that can’t can either call (it’d be lovely to hear from them!) or tell my parents/bridal party/etc.

    Cheaper, greener and more fun (hopefully people will include a more personal message then just a check mark in the right box).

    Post # 15
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    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I was planning on doing a website/email RSVP, but my parents are concerned that less tech-savvy folks won’t understand how to do it and want me to do a traditional RSVP card with envelope.

    Post # 16
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    6010 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We included a reception card in with our invites with the name and location of the venue as well as directions to RSVP either by website or phone.  We’ve been getting a pretty steady stream of responses, a few each week, and almost all of those have been via the website.  My 90 year old grandma even RSVP’ed electronically by having my aunt type it in for her!  I just enter all the phone RSVP into the website when I get tham, and now everything’s in the same place.

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