Online RSVPs: Did they work?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: How successful were your online RSVPs?
    Nearly everyone RSVPd online! (so great!) : (12 votes)
    48 %
    Between 50-75% RSVP'd online (lots of phone calls to make) : (4 votes)
    16 %
    25-50% RSVP'd online (should have done paper!) : (6 votes)
    24 %
    I did paper and wish I had done online : (0 votes)
    I did online and wish I had done paper : (3 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    218 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    In our case, we had a small wedding (50 guests) and everyone RSVP’d online.

    Post # 5
    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    posting to subscribe

    Post # 6
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @MissOtter:  you might want to get even mor specific. I’ve seen a bunch of bees who give online RSVP option but also give stamped or unstamped paper RSVP in invite. Those bees’ answers might throw off the response because a lot of ppl respond by paper in that situation. 

    I’m doing online or phone only, but in addition to paper save the dates and invites, my website will send e-versions that allow ppl to click on the evite to get taken directly to the website where they can rsvp. It also allows only invitd guests to rsvp end you can ask for meal choices, flight info, accommodations (helps with distributing welcome bags), whatever you want.  It’s great. I don’t recommend email rsvps

    Post # 8
    3047 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I didn’t vote as none of the options really worked for us.

    We asked our guests (50) to RSVP online or by phone to my parents. So far, all the older guests have used the phone and all the younger direct emails/FB to me or the wedding website. Direct emails and FB wasn’t indicated as a way to RSVP, but hey… you can’t be picky! We’re about 2 weeks from the last day to RSVP and at this point we’ve only heard from 62% of the guests. I don’t think exclusive paper RSVPs would have generated a better result, unfortunately most people does things last minute!

    Post # 9
    811 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We had 110 guests….we gave option of RSVP online or email me.  I’d say most RSVP’d (like 80%), I got a few emails and we had to follow up with a handful of people near the deadline to confirm. 

    Post # 10
    686 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    All my guests RSVP’d online. I have a pretty tech-savvy family. Even my grandmother has Facebook, my grandfather uses text messaging. So it was really convenient and I received them all quite quickly.

    Post # 12
    3433 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    I think it really depends on who your guests are, for example. At our wedding (100 invited, about 85-90 attended) we got a lot of traffic to our website from our friends, but not really many from family. That’s beause my 94 year old grandma has never so much as touched a computer in her life, and never will. So, an online RSVP from her wouldn’t be reasonable.  Same goes for a lot of my older guests (and a few younger ones who don’t own a computer or smartphone). But those who are tech savvy were happy to hop on and reply. 

    Post # 13
    1878 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

    We had a guest list of about 150 people. we did online RSVP online. In the end I only needed to call 5 people to find out if they were coming or not and they were older and either didn’t have a way to do it, no how or had someone to do it for them.

    Post # 14
    44 posts
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I was a bit frustrated how our online RSVP’s worked out.  Only about 30% of people used the website to RSVP while the rest called me or my FMIL, which was the other option we provided.  My website has been getting a lot of hits as we’re only a month away from the wedding, but for some reason, people didn’t take to RSVP’ing online.  Oh well!  As long as we heard from everyone, I guess that’s what matters.  The funny thing, though, is that most of the older crowd used the online option while the younger crowd called.  I suppose how mine worked out isn’t the norm, though.

    Post # 15
    6194 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    i did both, and most people chose the paper option. 

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