(Closed) How much notice on RSVPs is standard?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have two RSVP dates.  One super early (like 2 months) for the out of the country family members and then our regular (1 month out).  The super earlies were pretty much sent with the likelihood they would come back as No’s so that we could have enough time to add to our list.  Our reception venue needs a final count 5 days before the event.  I would say just make sure you leave yourself enough time to be able to contact stragglers who don’t respond on time and time to work on your seating chart (if you’re having one)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think a month is standard.  I’ve been to quite a few weddings in the past couple of year and I usually see the RSVP date one month out.  When I told one of my BMs our RSVP was one month out, she actually is the one who pointed out that it was a good timeframe to leave us with to get reach out to the stragglers and whatnot.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I asked for a month as well, gives me plenty of time to hunt down and non-RSVPers. When are you sending them out? I would just be sure that you send them out at least a month before the RSVP date.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

We sent our invites out 8 weeks before the wedding… and our RSVP date was 4 weeks before the wedding.  Our caterer needed final numbers 2 weeks before the wedding and let me tell you we need allll of that extra 2 weeks to track down stragglers.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yup, I’m with @moose1209.  That’s what we did too… and yes, we needed time to track down the “non-RSVPers” (annoying process)!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We set our RSVP date for 4 weeks before the wedding and sent invites 10 weeks before the wedding. Our caterer needed the final count 2 weeks before, so it gave us a week to wait for cards in the mail and a week to contact non-responders.

Post # 11
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Honey bee

Invites are always sent out at 6-8 weeks before the wedding. As for rsvp time, they are typically requested back 3-4 weeks before the wedding. Most rsvps will arrive in the mail on the deadline. Some people expect you to be mindreaders and will not return their cards at all. Anyone whose rsvp does not show up on or by the deadline, you call up the next day and continue until you have everyone accounted for. If you cannot get reach anyone, consider them a no-show.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m asking for RSVPs by about 5 weeks before the wedding.  This is because some vendors require final orders 1 month before the date – baker, florist.  So I need time to call stragglers before we hit the 1 month point.

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