Post # 1
A little background:
Our wedding is going to be a pretty casual affair taking place all outdoors and then we’re having a tented reception. We’re having an open (but limited in selection) bar and a bbq buffet for dinner. We’re inviting 200 people, expecting about 150 to come. We sent save-the-dates about a month ago.
We’re creating our Invitations now and because of where it’s located I feel obligated to provide directions to the location (it’s at a residence that many guests will not be familiar with), accomodations available. I wanted simple invitations and now I feel like I’m creating a book that I have to send out. Also, I don’t want a “wedding website”.
I created an email address that people can use specifically for RSVPs and obviously most of our guests know one of us well enough to have our phone number. I’m wondering if we can just put on one of the information cards to RSVP that way? Has anyone done this? I don’t want to pay almost $200 for the RSVP postcards plus another $35 for postcard stamps when many of them will never get returned anyway.
Post # 2
A friend of mine didn’t have RSVP postcards/response cards to mail back, and had ALL of this information (like what you’re talking about) on the back of their invitation. They had an arrow and something that said OVER at the bottom.
They did have a wesbite as an option to RSVP on. However, they also included both of their email addresses and telephone numbers for guests to contact them advising of their RSVP reply.
I don’t know what their percentage was on people they had to reach out that they didn’t heard from by their RSVP deadline, but if you only have those options… I’d say go for it and people will figure it out.
Post # 3
Well the directions and accommodations can be put on one card. Then I would have a business size card to say that RSVPs can be done via email or by calling (make sure to include your phone number just in case someone forgot it or doesn’t have it…better to be safe then sorry).
But do you really need to give directions? Can directions be found via MapQuest or through Google maps on your phone? Because if both of those things give correct directions adding directions into your invite isn’t necessary.
Post # 4
If you’re so set against having a website, you’re going to have to send out a lot more paper. That’s just the way it is. Having people phone could possibly work, but I think you’d be chasing down a lot more people than you would with paper or online RSVPs. Could you do an online RSVP service without a website instead? Then people could use that OR phone you, and you could skip that extra paper and postage.