How much time should we allow our guests to RSVP?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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791 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m a planner so it’s great to me, but I know lots of people that will have no idea what their holiday plans are going to be at the beginning of October.

I think the convention is to send out your invitations 8 weeks before the big day and request them back 2-3 weeks later. So I’d be sending them out October 13th (so they arrive the following week) and requesting them back by November 6th. 

You do not need to wait that late to figure out your table set-up. Starting planning that in early October, when you already know vaguely what family members to expect and carry on as the RSVPs roll in. You will, however, need that week to hunt down all the ones that don’t show up by your deadline.

Post # 3
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7005 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

One thing you might want to consider is that you will likely have to chase down RSVPs. If a week is long enough for you to chase down the RSVPs and still do the seating plan than I think the dates you have sound good.

Post # 4
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734 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

LeonardLady:  We sent ours out 8-10 weeks in advance because our hotel cut off for room blockings were cut off 1 month prior to the wedding so I wanted to make sure everyone who needed a room had enough time to book if they were staying at the hotel. So if you are booking hotel room blocks make sure to count that into your weeks :). Your guests will appreciate it! We sent ours out the week of June 21st and today was the cut off date for RSVP’s. We only have to chase down a few guests who don’t know how to use a computer properly and those who didn’t tell us how they want their meat cooked for dinner. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

LeonardLady:  If you want to know your complete rsvps by november 6, then I’d suggest setting the deadline for a week earlier.  Ppl don’t respond – lots of ppl don’t respond or respond late.  So if you really want to have all rsvps by november 6, setting a deadline of november 6 will really be frustrating & drive you nuts.

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