Post # 1
Is anybody collecting RSVPs through a nontraditional route, like email or via your website? I’m trying to be cost-effective and green, and I cringe a little to think of all the extra postage and paper to include self-addressed stamped envelopes in the traditional manner.
My mom has suggested just adding an RSVP section in our invitation suite (which she is DIH-ing – doing it Herself) that asks guests to send us an email with their RSVP. I think this could work, but I’m worried that people will forget or won’t include all the information that we need (like # in their party, names of guests, etc.) We can provide instructions, but what if people don’t use email much (older guests) or forget to do it? Is anybody out there doing something like this for their invites, or has anyone had experience trying it out?
Post # 3
I think if you do this you can expect to recieve a lot of phone calls from guests, or have to make a lot of calls to get the appropriate info.
Post # 4
A friend of mine did something like this. She used her wedding website and had a phone # to call with a voicemail that told the guests exactly what they needed to leave in their msg. I am not sure how much it was for the phone line, but it is worth looking into. Good luck!! =)
Post # 5
We offered an online RSVP through our mywedding.com wedding website, and I think between 25 and 50 percent responded online, and the rest mailed in their stamped cards. Since you’re DIH’ing the invites, could you have two different types? One, with the RSVP online info, that you send to the web-savvy group, and another, with traditional RSVP cards and stamped envelopes, that you send to those people you know don’t have internet access (like grandma)?
I think it’s easier to do online through a website, rather than email, because you can set it up to gather all the information that you need (names, numbers, etc.)
Post # 6
I like the idea of doing it online. I know as a guest I would totally be up for that option.
Post # 7
we’re using a website. we wanted to make sure that we don’t get any uninvited rsvp’ers, so we have it set up so you click on your name, and either the yes or no after each person’s name. that way if you’re not on the list, you don’t get to rsvp. we also provided a phone number for those not internet savy.
if you just use email, i would definetly leave specific instructions, that could end up being a lot of extra work to find out who is and isn’t coming on your end.
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House
We used the RSVP section of our mywedding.com site as well. Even though I sent postcards to our elderly guests with no internet, they would just go their children or grandchildren and RSVP. Even with RSVP cards, you have to make phone calls and people don’t RSVP, so I’d go with the option that you like best!
Post # 9
We are doing email and a telephone number – but we have a small guest list of 60 people. I want them to call me so I can get caught up with family members that live in other states, and I know that means in about a week when people start calling I will be on the phone a lot.
Post # 10
The idea of having a recorded outgoing voicemail message is brilliant!
Post # 11
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I would totally do this if I thought all of our guests would DO it. However, we have lots of guests who are total technophobes, so it wasn’t really an option for us. If you know everyone would be able/willing to use it, go for it!!
Post # 12
With regard to the recorded voicemail idea – I bet you could do this inexpensively with Google voice – have any of you used that? We do it at work…you have a number that people can call and leave a message, then the messages get forwarded on to you at specific times of day. It could really cut down on the phone ringing off the hook.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2009 - Battery Gardens
We accepted RSVPs by e-mail or phone call. Many people replied via e-mail.
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
We’re going to do RSVP’s exclusively online. All of our guests are tech-savvy enough to figure it out. And I love the idea of being green and not creating trash.
Plus, it’s cheaper. An added bonus!
Post # 16
I was going to ask about people RSVPing without being invited, but artbee has a good solution to that. If you have e-mail, brides.com has a good RSVP option when you creat a website with them.
We included self-addressed stamped envelopes for the RSVPs, and NO ONE USED THEM. I started calling people asking when they were planning to send them to us and they were always saying “Well you KNOW we’re coming, why do you need the card?” GRRR! Why would I include the card, and the postage, if I didn’t NEED you to use it??