The Importance of Returning RSVP's!
Ahhhh, wedding season, here we come! Wedding season brings happy tears, laughter, singing, dancing, celebrating, and oh so much fun. But, let's face it, with fun comes planning, hard work, and the occasional stress for the people involved. One VERY common "stressor" in the wedding planning process is the process of RSVP's. The bride and groom typically send out a request for an RSVP along with their invitation. But oftentimes, they have the most difficult time actually getting them back!
So, let's talk about why it's so important to return your RSVP's on time. I think almost every bride and groom deals with this before their wedding. Many have to end up CALLING their guests who haven't RSVP'd, just so they can get a clear answer on whether the guest will be attending or not. What a headache for the pre-marital couple, especially if they have a big guest list!
Weddings (and parties in general!) are time-consuming and expensive. So, if you have the honor of being invited, be courteous! The bride and groom are likely working with LOTS of different vendors, and your RSVP is important because those vendors need a head count by a certain date.
When you return your RSVP on time, it makes life so much easier for everyone involved! If everyone turns in their RSVP's on time, the bride and groom will have one less thing to worry about. They won't have to spend additional time reaching out to everyone individually. This is not the case for every vendor, but for me, I require final changes and payment no later than one month before their wedding. In other words, the bride and groom need to give me a final table count at least 30 days before their wedding. This is usually similar for caterers and bakers!
Many couples will do everything in their power to make returning RSVP's super simple for guests. If they pre-stamp, pre-address, and supply envelopes, you have no excuse not to fill it out and return it as soon as you receive it! Online RSVP is becoming more and more common, and The Knot is a very popular choice. This also makes it super easy on guests, because they can literally just navigate to a website, click a few buttons, and it's done.
So, if you have the honor of being invited to a wedding, do the bride and groom a huge favor by returning your RSVP on time! They have so many other things they're coordinating and planning in order to throw an amazing party, so something this simple shouldn't cause stress or a hold-up in the process.
And if you're getting married, I recommend framing the RSVP process however you think your guests would respond to best! Mail may be great with an older generation, but with the younger generation, email, text, or a website like The Knot may be your best bet! It's totally okay to give them both options if you want, too!
Please be sure to share this blog post to spread the word about this important piece of wedding planning! The couple you're celebrating will LOVE YOU forever if you make this easy on them!