STAIONERY ETIQUETTE – PART 2 – RSVPS
Many couples seem totally bewildered when it comes to RSVPS. In times gone by wedding invitations would state a date you were required to RSVP by. Then you would go to the local newsagent and pick up one of those dinky little RSVP notelets which stated whether you could attend or not and you would pop it in the post. I remember this as a child when an invitation would come to the house, before smart phones and emails it was a simple case of the old note in the post and it was basic manners that you would send a reply to the kind invitation!
So now we have lots of ways to RSVP. It can be by return post, by text, by phone , by email or wedding website. Heres a few ideas for you to decide what is best for your needs.
- If you want a physical RSVP card in your invitations then consider ordering Pocketfold invitations. These include and RSVP card and envelope for it as standard . The pocket also allows you to add an extra card of useful information for your guests. The advantage is that the price includes the RSVP in the package so you know your outlay.
- If you aren’t sold on a pocketfold then you can always order an additional card with whatever style of invitation you decide on. The most economical option is usually a postcard style RSVP as you don’t need envelopes . If you decide to add RSVPS to your invitations remember you don’t need to order one per invite. You can choose how many you need thus controlling your budget. If you know the majority of your guests are on social media or email you can use these methods to manage RSVPS and just provide the physical RSVPS to guests you reckon will prefer the more traditional physical card in the post !
- For your guests that are on social media you can set up a private event and call it “Wedding RSVP”. You can then invite your guests and they will either accept or decline.
- For your guests who would use email to reply you can include your wedding email on your invite. EG” RSVP by 10th July 2016 by emailing email@example.com “.
- If you set up a wedding website many of these include a feature that allows guests to click on an RSVP option to reply. You can eitehr email them the link to RSVP through the website or print the wedding website web address on the invitation.
- You can print a telephone number to text RSVP to on your invitation. This is proving to be a popular option as almost everyone has a mobile phone so it can be the easiset option to use.
- Make sure you leave your RSVP date as a month before your wedding date, this gives you time to chase up any that forget to reply and leaves you ample time to give your final numbers to the hotel/caterer.
- The extra things you can include on your RSVP is whether your guests have any special dietary requirements (allows people with allergies/intolerance to let you know prior to day so you can make sure a suitable meal is available for them )
- Some couples are opting to include a ‘Favourite Song” option on the RSVP to allow them to present a song request sheet to their wedding DJ in advance.
- Make sure you either number the invites or leave a space for the guest to write their names on RSVP as many times this is overlooked and you get RSVPS returned with no names which is a disaster !
- If you are wanting to include Stamped Adressed Envelopes with your RSVPS, An Post do fab wedding stamps and you can buy a book of them in your local post office or online