(Closed) RSVPs…do they seem to slow down midway through and pick back up later?

posted 8 years ago in October 2010
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

Yes – we had a complete lull in the middle!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Haha they only pick back up when you threaten lives if they don’t respond! I was shocked at the amount and type of people who we had to wrastle a response out of, it was a nightmare.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Our deadline was the first of September, needless to say I got an rsvp in the mail yesterday! People have no manners when it comes to rsvps! Also We ended up having to call about 1/3 of our guestlist abotu their rsvps!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

totally in a lull right now… so annoying. Hoping they pick up the week of the due date!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

“do they seem to slow down midway through and pick back up later?”

 I sure as hell hope so! Our deadline is Friday & we’re still waiting on 85 responses. There is no way we’re going to get all those in 2 days. Ugh, people! We sent out our STD’s 7 months ago; I think @ this point you kinda know whether or not you’re coming…so hurry up & send the RSVP back!  

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

@JennHasFeet: I wouldn’t remind anyone of the RSVP date, but you can feel free to say “I hope you can make it to the wedding” when you talk to someone who hasn’t responded. Once you hit the RSVP date feel free to unleash the dogs. For some reason, people really hate responding, it’s a fear of commitment.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

“do they seem to slow down midway through and pick back up later?”

There seem to be two types of people:

1. Those who get the invite and then respond immediately so they can get the RSVP out of the way (mostly TYPE As)

2. Those who are the opposite of TYPE As and will send it out on the deadline (I admit–I WISH I was type A, but I’m not. My phone beeps on the day I have to send RSVPs back out and that’s when I do them)

In the minority are people who have something else on the horizon and are figuring out their schedules, but it’s namely these two personality types that’s the reason why you see a lot of RSVPs immediately and then a lull and then more closer to the due date. Also, be aware that some people look at the deadline and think that is the “mail by” date. So you can start calling people after the RSVP deadline, but just be aware that you might get some that trickle in a few days later.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My RSVP deadline was August 31 and the last person finally responded today- sheesh.  My theory is the “nos” take longer because they feel bad and want to send an explanation. 

Little do they know I’m relieved when they say “no” because our reception space is tiny and we were at capacity if everyone said “yes”.

Current count: 86 invited, 65 yes, 21 no

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I was just thinking about this. Our deadline is Oct 1st, and they seem to have dropped off pretty considerably.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our RSVP deadline was 9/7 – I didn’t really have a lull (because we invited so many people), but there did seem to be a rush right around the deadline. And the later responses do tend to have more no’s. I was worried about that because we had about an 8% decline rate up until a week before the deadline, but now we’re up to 20%. But a week after the deadline and we still have about 30 people to track down – I don’t think there’s any getting around that.

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