(Closed) Not using response cards for RSVPS… using wedding website instead. Opinions?

posted 4 years ago in Guests
Post # 46
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391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We are doing it! We are doing letterpress invites so having response cards AND other enclosures adds a lot! 

Sooooo … we are asking people to RSVP through our site (hosted by Appy Couple) or to us. We don’t have a lot of elderly people coming and the ones that are are on Facebook and emails. They can figure it out or they can call us and I’ll check them in online myself!

Going green to save some green is my motto! OK! 🙂

Post # 47
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938 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We did this! Best decision ever. I have other friends who offered both paper response cards and the online option and ended up with basically all online responses. Save money, paper, and make it easier on the guests? It was a win for me! 

Post # 48
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66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m planning to do this for my wedding next May, and it’s very common in my social circle. I can’t think of a single wedding in the last few years where I had to send back a paper RSVP in the mail!

As a guest, I would much rather RSVP online. It’s easier, faster, and doesn’t require me to make a trip to the post office. Including a phone number seems like a reasonable alternative for those who don’t use the internet.

Post # 49
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731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

underblueskies1016 :  so…people are kind of like sheep and older people are defiantly scared of technology. Diy response cards will cost you like an extra 50 in postage? You can also use paperless post and it can be free. 

However you will most likely have a few guests that DON’T rsvp and show. My venue charges 150% of the guest count to feed these extras…so it sounds like you could be robbing Peter to pay paul. 

If you are REALLY set on doing this..send out paperless post invites for free to those who haven’t rsvp’d.

Post # 50
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745 posts
Busy bee

underblueskies1016 :  I like this idea. Might do the same. 

Seems like a waste of paper to print an RSVP card/envelope. 

Times are changing. 

Post # 51
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511 posts
Busy bee

I’ve never heard of response cards before but why can’t you just call everyone to see if they are coming or not? We are just going to call all our guests on the RSVP date 

Post # 52
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58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We did online RSVPs only and it worked great! Saved everyone time and money. 

Post # 53
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892 posts
Busy bee

underblueskies1016 :  we used a website and it worked just fine. we sent real paper stuff to the two elderly relatives that don’t use the internet, but everybody else complied quite easily. 

it was awesome because it generated a list of who replied and who did not. that made it super easy to follow up with an email reminder for those who needed it. 

Post # 54
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3332 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

gatsbyaffair :  Um if people don’t RSVP you should call them to confirm. Not just assume they are a no.

Post # 55
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382 posts
Helper bee

I don’t have thoughts one way or the other. However, I recently spoke with a bride that did Paperless Post invites. There were several problems, including older/tech-challenged people having difficulty understanding how to RSVP on the computer. 

Post # 56
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1980 posts
Buzzing bee

I did that for my own wedding in June. We had a fantastic response rate, and it was so easy to keep it all organized. We did have a small handful of elderly guests that we reached out to specifically for their response instead. I highly recommend RSVPs through the website!

Post # 57
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906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

How much money does it really save? Our response cards, including stamps, were less than $1.00. I understand the convenience to some extent, but it doesn’t seem like a real cost-cutting measure to me. 

Post # 58
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2166 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This was a mess for a wedding I just attended. Half of the plus ones were incorrect and we almost didn’t have enough seats at our table for everyone that attended. No bueno.

Post # 59
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

We’re listing our website on the STD and invites for online RSVP’s. Its a small wedding and we know all our guests personally, everyones comfortable using the internet. Not sure how other websites work but with theknot all you have to do is click the RSVP tab, enter your name and click accept or decline. Simple. Its not a cost issue bc this might save about $75 I just prefer not to waste paper unnecessarily. Plus its great to keep track of guests online. With each RSVP I get an email alert and guests can leave little notes with it. 🙂 Which they have and I’ve enjoyed reading.

Post # 60
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Busy bee

We are planning on doing the online RSVPs as well. Anyone who doesn’t respond we will just give a call to. You would have to do this if they didn’t mail back the card anyway so I don’t know why so many people think cards are the only way to go?

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