(Closed) re: RSVP's … website? email? voicemail?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I say do whatever you can- give your guests as many options as possible..since as you know its nearly impossible to get people to RSVP in general πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

@Eva Peron:  +1. Tons of options makes it easier for people to do what they’re comfortable with. I would also do reply cards, because some people like tradition, or will just open their mail, go “oh of course we’re going” and pop it back in the mail. Just do yourself a favor and pre-stamp the reply cards.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are doing RSVPs via our wedding website to cut down on printing and postage costs. We also put our phone number in case guests can’t do the e-RSVP. I think it will make things super easy!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We made the cute email address just for RSVPs, and most responses came that way.  We offered a phone number, too, for those without computers.  We are having a small budget wedding, and didn’t want to bother with the extra components RSVP cards entail, nor the extra postage.  Our invitations fit perfectly into regular business-sized envelopes.  Easy peasy.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Weddingwire.com has some great RSVP capabilities, and it’s free.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

love all these ideas haha. i think we’re going to do the same! have an email address and phone number for rsvps.. makes the most sense for us and will definitely help cut costs since we are trying to keep to a rather low budget πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I sent out RSVP cards requesting to do it on our website or to just call. Neither one really worked lol. Good website is mywedding.com

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are doing a wedding website! It’s worked out great, and you’d be surprised how fancy people think it is (even though all you do is pick a theme and fill in the information πŸ˜‰ ) We used weddingwire.com. 

Plus as PP have said, it’s really cut down on postage. It cost like 60 bucks for 80 stamps!!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We set up an RSVP form on our wedding website and also listed my parents’ phone number for our older/non-tech-savvy guests. Most of our guests RSVPed via the website. There were still about 16 people we had to track down, but we probably would have had to do that even if we had given RSVP cards.

I really liked doing it this way! It saved money and paper, and we got to ask people a few questions on the RSVP form — like if they had any music suggestions or dietary restrictions. If you want to see my Google site that I made, just PM me and I’ll send you the link!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We have e-mail, traditional postage and phone options on the invite. That way there’s no excuse for NOT RSVPing…though I’m sure we’ll get some.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

The Knot does free wedding websites too.  Honestly though, you can do a google search for “free website hosting” and set up your wedding website anywhere you want! πŸ™‚  There’s hundreds of options for that, so that should be pretty easy to find.  Keep in mind though, no matter which hosting company you go with, if you get a free website, you’ll have some kind of advertising on the site somewhere.  This could be anywhere from a tiny label in the bottom corner with the host name to crazy big pop ups in the middle of each page.  That’s the only thing I’d pay attention to when choosing your website hosting.  They’ll have it laid out in their TOS what type of advertising they’ll do.  

I agree with the Facebook thing being tacky, but I do like the idea of including your phone number so that guests without a computer (or who might not know how to RSVP through a website) can still let you know if they’re coming or not without too much of a hassle.  My aunt got an 800 number for her guests to RSVP to since she had a lot of out of town guests and didn’t want to make them run up their phone bills paying for the calls.  That was when I was a kid though and unlimited long distance is increasingly common so it might not be a factor for you.

Good luck planning everything! πŸ™‚

P.S. I just thought of one more thing.  Make sure you still include all the important info on the actual invitation even if you’re doing a website.  Not everyone will look at/have access to it so you want to make sure they’re not missing the bits they need to know (date, time, duration, etc).

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