When Should I Have Guests RSVP By?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Modestia1991:  I need a final count 30 days prior to my wedding date.  So I set my RVSP 6 weeks before the wedding, to give me 2 weeks to put it all together/ chase people who haven’t responded down.

Post # 4
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Give yourself at least 2 weeks between RSVP date and the date you have to give a final head count.  For example: my wedding is 1.18.14, RSVPs are due 12.18.14, and final head count to venue is due 1.4.13.  I estimated the # of ceremony chairs, and once I have a headcount I’ll let them know.

Post # 5
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We only need a count one week before so we’ve set the date three weeks before (giving us time to track down stragglers). I’d check with your rental company to see when they usually require the full count and go from there.

Post # 6
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Give yourself 1-2 weeks before your drop dead date so that you have time to track people down, which you WILL have to do.

Post # 7
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@Modestia1991:  Our due dates are 45 days out as it is a very busy wedding area. So I am sending the invites 2.5 months out with the RSVP date 2 months out. Tell them a general number now so they are booked and then a final number once you get rsvp. Adding or taking a few extra chairs a month out shouldn’t effect anything. 

Post # 8
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had our RSVP date as 2 weeks before our final head count was due which is what PPs are saying. I think that’s your best bet. We had to track down over a third of our invited guests.

Post # 9
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I would give yourself at least a month. Catering usually wants final numbers 2 weeks out, so that gives you a couple weeks. Me personally though – I’d want 6 weeks just so I have a real good buffer. 

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