Post # 1
My future in laws are “hosting” the rehearsal dinner. By that, I mean they gave us money and we are using it towards the dinner. They live out of town so we are doing all of the planning and organizing. On the invites, I want to say that they are hosting so people know they’re paying for it, but I’m wondering about the RSVPs. Is it okay to have them host, but have people reply to me or FI and not my FMIL? Especially since we’re doing all the planning it seems to make sense but I’m not sure if it’d be weird or not.
Thanks for any and all input!!
Post # 3
I think you can do it either way. My In-law’s hosted the party and this was stated on the invitation, but guests contacted my fiance’ to RSVP. (His parents live in Japan).
Post # 4
My inlaws hosted, organized and paid for the dinner but since there were RSVP’s with menu options, the wedding party (14 people – 12 bridal party, 2 ceremony readings) are all RSVP’ing to me and my FMIL is going to take care of all the out of town guests. Whatever works logistically for you, which sounds like having the RSVP’s come to you.
Post # 5
FI’s mother is hosting ours and we have the RSVPs coming to us (just easier for me to keep track of/organize).
Post # 6
We did just word of mouth for ours, since it was just wedding party and their spouses/kids besides our families
Post # 7
Thanks for all the input! I think I’m going to have them RSVP to me since it seems like that’s common.
Post # 8
@RingAroundtheRosie: This was one of the great arguments I recall between my Auntie Vespasia and my mother, back in the days when people routinely had dinner parties and guests routinely knew how to write an R.s.v.p.: was it acceptable to have guests R.s.v.p. to a social secretary instead of to the hostess herself? Auntie V. claimed that a hostess’s duty to pay personal attention to her guests required that the replies be directed to the hostess’s address, even if it was actually the social secretary who picked them up and opened them. Mother, quoting Amy Vanderbilt as her expert authority, claimed that putting the social secretary’s name and address under the R.s.v.p. line on the invitation was perfectly acceptable as a way of having guests direct their replies straight to the secretary.
I don’t think Mother ever won an argument against Auntie V., but on the rare occasions that I have had the luxury of a social secretary, I have happily had the R.s.v.p.s directed to her (and had her fill in the write-in lines, and even authorized the use of a liquid-ink ballpoint pen — Auntie V must be rolling over in her grave!) In this case you are acting as social secretary to your fiance’s mother. My mother, Miss Vanderbilt and I all consider it perfectly acceptable if you have the R.s.v.p.’s sent to her in care of your name and address.