Post # 1
I’ve seen this many times and I wanted to do my own poll to see what the results are. We are trying to stick to a strict budget and with the technology these days, it seems like this would work well.
We want to give the option to either email // call … or otherwise via website // call to RSVP.
My FMIL didnt’ like the idea of a website but I do because I can put all the accomodations and extra info on there versus an extra 50-100+ dollars on printing another sheet to put in my invites. She said to do an email. So I figured I would make an email for the wedding and I can use that to communicate to vendors and also getting everyones address and stuff and just have all my wedding info in one place.
Also, we are going to print out a few paper RSVP’s for some who do not have the ability to hop the internet such as grandparents.
Please vote and or leave comments!
Post # 4
I think that’s a good idea!
Post # 5
I used a website and a phone number. It worked out really nicely, no one complained. A number of people (maybe 5% – 10%) gave us their RSVPs when they saw us face to face, which was also fine. Only 2 used the phone number.
I didn’t do email just because I figured if they could email they could just as easily go to the website and RSVP. The problem with email RSVP is that people will likely leave out some information you need (how many people are coming, the name of their guest, etc). We made a really prominent button on the main page of our website for RSVP, and then the form was super simple and gave very clear directions about how to input their information. There was a clear field for each item they needed to tell us, and email doesn’t provide that. Granted, you can email them back to ask, but it gets to be a hassle.
I don’t regret it at all! We hadn’t gotten about 30% of RSVPs by the time the deadline rolled around, but I am 100% certain we wouldn’t have gotten them if they were mailed either.
Post # 7
We did ours 100% through the website. Other than maybe 5 people (all international and don’t understand english well), everybody was able to figure it out. We didn’t pay money on RSVP cards or return stamps. We had one singular invitation with the website on it to RSVP. But an email address would work well too, the website just allowed us to control who RSVPed (you couldnt just RSVP if we didn’t have you listed in the system, so no random +1s or anything) and it made making a grid of responses and food choices as easy as pressing the export button. You don’t need to waste money on an RSVP card for your grandparents, just call them and ask them if they’re coming and what they want to eat and RSVP for them. 🙂 Just what we did, it happened to work as close to flawlessly as possible so I highly advocate it 🙂
Post # 8
@BookishBelle that’s a good idea about calling grandparents… I can call my dad’s father, My FI can call his grandpa but we already know hes coming. My mom and step dad can talk to his parents. Everyone else can RSVP via email definitely. or website…. we actually are doing a buffet style with pasta and different meat choices and such so we don’t even need info on what people prefer, our caterer cuts things so that realistically everyone could take each meat and stuff. So they don’t need food count which is nice to not stress over! so we just need a simple yes no on coming and who’s coming. I do have lots of cousins and FI family has lots of kids who may or may not come because there at that older age where they just don’t like to go to things like that. Thanks so much!