5 Tips to Get Guests to RSVP
1. Send Save the Dates Early
Nine months is a good rule of thumb, but honestly the earlier the better. This is especially important when you are having a destination wedding or a ton of out of town guests. You want to ensure your family and friends get enough time to properly plan. Use your Save the Dates to highlight one very important mechanism of communication -- your wedding website. Although you may not know all the details just yet, your guests will need to know the date and location (city & state) of your big day.
2. Make the Date Prominent
Highlight your RSVP date by making it stand out. This could literally mean making the RSVP text larger than other words on the card, bolding the date, or even changing the text to another font. I love when brides spell out the date in a script font that matches the rest of the invitation suite. It grabs attention and it is pretty.
3. Give Several Options
Long gone are the days when people ONLY believe in mailing back RSVP cards. Sometimes the invitations get tossed on the dining room table with the rest of the mail, and its lost forever. LoL Other times people just forget.
Now I'm sure the real mail lovers would appreciate the tradition of mailing back an RSVP card, but the younger generation is ALL about what's most convenient. So that means offering the online RSVP, an email address, or even a phone number to increase your chances of getting responses. Several wedding website platforms like The Knot and Weddingwire allow you to upload your guest list and validate those who RSVP online.
Whatever you decide, be sure to include a pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelope just in case your guest mails it back "snail mail" style.
4. Use Clever Wording
There's nothing wrong with playing up your theme or being clever by adding a little personality to your RSVP card. Ask guests to list the song that will get them on the dance floor or maybe they can draw a picture to show how excited they are to attend. It's also a good way to show your personalities.
5. Give Gentle Reminders
Plan ahead and don't wait to the last minute to start making calls. You could even elicit help from your mother or someone that's very organized to help manage RSVPs. Following up with guests in some form or fashion will only help you, help them! The bottom line is that your friends and family probably have very busy lives like you, and would appreciate a gently reminder. Start calling at least the 5 days prior to the RSVP date to avoid pulling your hair out.
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