A couple of posts ago, I discussed my decision to give my graphically inclined maid of honor the added responsibility of designing my wedding invitations after realizing that it wouldn’t be that much more expensive than buying the print-your-own kind.
With about 100 invitations going out to an ever-increasing number of guests, I am bound to face the It’s-Past-The-RSVP-Date-And-I’m-Missing-Half-My-RSVP-Cards problem. I’m not really sure why this is a common problem for people. The most I’ve ever had to write on a card was my name and the name of my date. Then I stick it in that pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelope and there it goes. Why it can’t be done in a timely manner is beyond me.
I thought about going the eRSVP route for a number of reasons.
- It will save me 100 stamps thereby saving me $44.40
- It will saves me 100 envelopes thereby saving me about $10
- It will be earth friendly as that will be less paper wasted and less energy used to transport my invitations to and from my guests house.
- Everyone is already online anyway so it takes just as much effort to click a link, type a name and hit send.
The truth of the matter is that not everyone – like my Great-Uncle Dan or Chuck’s Grandparents – is online, so inevitably I’ll have to send out some paper RSVP cards. Then I have to decide who is technology-challenged and who isn’t. Many of my family members barely update their Facebook page, can I trust they’d go online to RSVP in lieu of sending out a card? Is there an app for that?
I did a little quick searching on the discussion boards on The Knot website and found that many brides who went the eRSVP route still ended up calling half their guest list to find out if they were coming or not.
Truth is, when you’re dealing with other people there are no real ways to guarantee you’ll get anything on time. You could be creative like my Twitter friend @rachanoel whose timely guests are being entered into a drawing for a prize. She gave her guests the option of RSVPing online or with the reply cards she sent with the invitations. Brilliant! I hope it works and she gets the bulk of her RSVPs in.
So now I teeter between trying to be budget and eco-friendly and wanting to minimize the amount of calls I’ll be making three weeks before my wedding.
Did your guests RSVP online? What were your experiences like? Share in the comments or email me at LIBudgetBride@gmail.com.
Correction: @rachanoel only suggested the idea and her fiance vetoed it. She’s holding onto the idea in case they need it in the coming weeks. I still think it’s brilliant.