Post # 1
My wedding is September 22, 2012. Im planning it from California but its in Massachusets. I will be having most of my family and friends coming from out of state (MS is FH home state) My caterer wants all the info a month in advance so Aug 22….If I send the invites Mid/Late June and ask for beginning of August for RSVPs…Im planning for stragglers too. Is that too soon?
Post # 3
I would suggest asking for guests to RSVP 2 weeks before the cater deadline. That way it gives a week for people that send them late and a week for you to track the rest down.
Post # 4
I agree, 2 weeks before the catering deadline gives a week for stragglers and another week for you to call everyone else.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I had mine due 10 days before the caterer deadline, which was more than enough time to follow up. You don’t want your date too early, because some people won’t be able to commit that early and may say no because they can’t be sure.
I also think your invites are too early in June. You should really not send them any earlier than 10 weeks out and give 4 weeks to RSVP minimum after they are sent. Invitations received too early will be set aside in the to-do-later pile and may be forgotten about. You would basically be making it necessary for you to have to follow up with more people than if you send a more timely invitation.
Post # 6
I’m a nut and would put August 1st (or July 31st) on the RSVP card…) That way, you have plenty of time to call (that’s giving you 3 weeks). I like the end/beginning type dates, personally – which is why I suggest that. It all depends on how much follow-up you want to do (and if you are ok cramming the follow-up in a short window or not). I had tons of people wait until the RSVP date to send it in. Since you will be receiving ones from MA – keep in mind, that’s an additional 3 days to get to CA. So, if they mail it on Aug 1, it won’t get to you til probably Monday of that following week.
Also – I don’t think late June would be too early to send it! I would send them the week of June 25th (vs Fourth of July week).
Post # 7
I agree with PP. You want to give yourself to deal with those who DO NOT RSVP like they should. If your wedding is small, it might not take as long. My guest list is over 200, so we did a 2 week buffer.
Post # 8
I had mine due 10 days before caterer deadline. I’m in the middle of that right now. RSVPs due 3 days ago…and caterer needs headcount in…7 days. So the task this weekend is to call people up! 🙂
Post # 9
Im expecting a 150+ I just want to be sure that I can give the numbers to the caterers as well as my venue for the reception for head counts, table arrangments, place cards etc. Both place want a month in advance thats why I was thinking late june for the invites that would give my guest about 6 weeks for RSVP than about a week if I dont hear from them before final headcount is due. Also if there is more thats more money I need to pay the caterer! Right now its at 150 but I have a feeling its going up…
Post # 10
@clarakaboom: Im there with ya. My number is at 150 and probably be more like 180. I had it due 10 days before the caterer deadline…and sent it out about a month before the RSVP due date. I dind’t wanna send it to early and have people forget about it either.