(Closed) RSVP Deadline: What's the shortest possible one?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

This depends on if all guests are local,  or if any will need to fly. 

Post # 3
13885 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You should ideally be giving 3-4 weeks for an RSVP deadline, which should fall about 2-4 weeks out from the date you need to give final numbers to your vendors.  Unfortunately, with a proper, polite deadline, most of your B list guests will know that they weren’t on the first choice list. 

Post # 4
2134 posts
Buzzing bee

We are doing 4 weeks. 

Post # 5
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I think it’s usually 1 month for people to answer. And you’d want an extra month between your wedding date and RSVP due date to allow yourself to contact those who hadn’t submitted their RSVP, and to invite your B-List guests (if you have one).

So, say your wedding is August 1. You’d have RSVPs due July 1, and you’d have a firm headcount for your caterer around mid July. Which means you’d want to send out RSVPs around end of May. 

If your wedding happens to be on a holiday weekend, it’s probably better to send them out sooner ’cause people will make plans during those weekends.

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