(Closed) Is it worth it to number RSVPs?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 17
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Don’t write their names on the response card – sometimes one person from a family/couple can’t go so best leave it blank.

We numbered. Nobody noticed. It was worth it.

Post # 18
5072 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

we are in the middle of our invites now.  I’m writing numbers on the back of each card.  I don’t think anyone will notice.  Who turns over the card? Wink

Post # 19
1190 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wanted to number but after a couple of glitches there just wasn’t time/didn’t want to put in the effort. I figured people would write their return address on the envelope but I think only like 5 people did out of 178 cards. Luckily we were okay and everyone has written their names

Post # 20
41 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

Just want to say thanks for this post. I had not actually thought about people not writing in their names/ not knowing who RSVPed! Also,

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@SapphireSun:  I really like how you put the song request line on the RSVP!

Post # 21
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride\'s residence

I did a little tiny number in a similar colour to the envelope, under a part covered up unless you pull the paper back. I haven’t had to use it yet, but we only sent out 25 invites.

Post # 22
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I still haven’t gotten back all my RSVP, but we have at least 7 with no name. And most people haven’t put return addresses. It’s a huge pain to figure out who it is. I didn’t know about this numbering and now I wish I did.

Post # 23
1445 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My response cards did not have room for a name and I got at least 5 or 6 out of 50 invitations back without a name. I didn’t even do that blacklight thing, I just wrote the number super tiny and lightly on the back along the edge.

Post # 24
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I wrote very small numbers in regular pen on the back corner of the card.  And I don’t think anyone will notice unless they are planning a wedding!

(I have checked the backs of each of the response cards we received since becoming engaged and, yep, they were all numbered in pen.  I had never thought to flip the card over before.)

Post # 25
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wrote mine on the back in ink pen and I am so glad I did. We had a few ruined in the mail, even after paying for hand cancelled postage, and i was able to replace them quickly that way. I had a few come in blank, which it also helped with those. I say do it, if anything should go wrong it will give peace of mind.

Post # 26
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I numbered mine, but in black ink on the back corner. I think the blacklight thing is unnecessary.

It really is a good idea to number them.

Post # 27
4674 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I used a blacklight pen.  Definately number them!  I got a few already with no names on.  Either with a blacklight pen, or plain pencil in the corner, or on the envelope, but please, number them!  

Post # 28
2135 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

YES. I recieved at least 10 RSVP’s where people checked their meal choice, and the ‘accepts’ line, but gave no indication to who they were! I would have been totally lost without numbering my RSVP’s!

Post # 29
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

You don’t need to spend the money on a blacklight pen- just pencil a number in a corner on the back side.

Yes, it’s worth it. We received one without names, no return address, and the postmark narrowed it down to about 5 guests.

Post # 30
3696 posts
Sugar bee

Rather than doing numbers, we just wrote the addressee’s name in the return address area. (We did postcards, not envelopes). We left them to fill in the names of those attending on the other side, with the entree choices, etc., and I didn’t fill out the full return address (some have added it in, some have popped a return address label on there, others have just left it as-is), but having the names on the reverse side has been really helpful for identifying the declines (since they aren’t putting their names down for an entree, obviously).

I just felt like, while writing numbers would have been a little faster initially, it left a little more possibility of error down the road. I can totally see myself goofing up and being off by a cell when putting the info in the spreadsheet, and then (especially if that were to happen more than once) it could really mess things up. I figured with names on the cards, even if I were to goof up it would be relatively easier to straighten things out. Plus I think it’s a little nicer, if people notice it, to have them identified by name rather than as a number. And it obviates the whole “what number were you?” nonsense.

Post # 31
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We have only had 1 person not write their name so far, and we are ony missing 3-4 RSVP but it helped my sanity knowing I wouldn’t be guessing or having to track down people who filled them out wrong.

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