Post # 1
Planning a Bridal Shower for my best friend! 🙂 I’m starting to plan the invitations…
Why do some people want RSVPs (Yes’ or No’s) and why do others want Regrets Only? What is the pros and cons of each?
also, how far out should you want someone to RSVP by?
Post # 2
Maid/Matron of Honor182: I’d do RSVP if you want concrete numbers. That way you know who to follow up with (you never know, their invite could get lost, their family members might pick up the mail and they never see it, they just completely forget about it if they get the mail during a busy day, etc.)
I think for a shower I’d put the RSVP date 2 -3 weeks prior.
Post # 3
I much prefer regrets only, that’s how the large majority of the invites I’ve received have been. I’ve found the majority of people don’t respond for showers and such, but usually have the courtesy to let them know that they won’t be there. If you do RSVPs I’d say 2 weeks before, but expect to have to have to contact people who haven’t responded.
Post # 4
I would not do regrets only. That’s a good way to expect lots of people for a shower and then have no one show up.
Post # 5
Maid/Matron of Honor182: For my daughter, they did “acceptances only.” I’ve always thought that if people dont’ plan to attend, they also don’t plan to respond, throw out the invitation/contact information, etc. She had an 80% attendance rate and only 5% didn’t respond at all.