Post # 1
I’m looking at nearlyweds.com. I love the designs and styles and it’s not so high priced BUT really $50 could be put towards plenty of other items. I can see the benefit of using it for the gift registries but really can’t you just put an extra slip of paper in with the invites giving the registry info? If we use the website instead of mailed RSVP’s what’s the ratio of people who actually use it instead of mailing the RSVP’s? I can also see the benefit of using it for tracking etc. but I use myweddingworkbook.com for that and that’s free so . . . Either way any advice on the whole subject of wedding websites would be great.
Post # 3
Well we did one and really enjoyed the time we spent together doing our website! However, most invitees didn’t go see it because they would ask questions and the info was on the website, so we’d tell the answer and remind them that they can use the website for more info, and they’d say: “right, I’ll have to find your invite again” or in some case, didn’t even notice the address on the invite, although it was quite obvious…
So anyway, I would not recommend that you use it for RSVP, which are hard to get in time in the first place (we received some of them months later)… maybe request RSVP by email in your invite?
Post # 4
Including registry info with the invite is a big no-no in most social circles (there are some exceptions…but they’re pretty uncommon). Many people find including that information to be indicative of gift grubbing.
There are plenty of free sites you can use to make a website. We used weddingwire.com. It was much more customizable than others that we looked at. We put a ton of time into the website, with all sorts of information on it, including the option for people to rsvp online. People definitely looked at it and loved it and showed it off to all their friends…but seriously did not actually use it. Any time anyone wanted info, they contacted me. I kept thinking…that’s all on the website…that you’ve told me how much you and all your coworkers loved so much. Sigh. My friends and family are, for the most part, pretty tech savvy too. I think about a dozen people or so (out of 100) used the online tool to rsvp. Not many…but that’s still more than I think any other rsvp method they had the option of using. I apparently don’t belong to a friend/family social circle that believes in rsvp-ing.
So basically…I probably wouldn’t pay for one, but I had fun making one, it was a convenient place to put “unmentionable” things like the registry, and at least SOME people did use it.
Post # 5
I realize including a little slip of paper with registry info is a no-no to some but I’m not going to register at normal places and I personally hate getting invites that don’t have all the info in it (not on the invite of course but just added in separately like a map would be). It’s a wedding, you’re supposed to bring a gift and that gift is supposed to come from the registry so why not make it easy on me and include that info, at least that’s how I feel when I’m guest. We’re trying to save as much money as possible and really would just prefer people give us gift cards or nothing but we’ve already gotten some flack when we said we weren’t going to register so we figured ok fine. The other issue was should we try to go the rsvp route via the website?
Post # 6
I am definitely doing a website AND online RSVP/registry. We will put a phone number on the insert as well for the older folks.
I suppose I hadn’t thought of them missing the insert.
Right now, my idea is to have it very visible with “RSVP” and “www.mynameandhisname.com” HUGE on it!
My number one reason to do this was to save on postage costs. Being eco-friendly came in a close second 🙂
Post # 7
Like PP, you can use some of the free wedding websites. Here are a couple links:
Any of these have an online RSVP tool and have TONS of designs for you to choose from.