I have been scouring all the posts and comments threads about RSVPs and guest lists, and haven’t seen an answer to a tricky question. How do you deal with guest list ambiguity when you live in an extremely expensive area, 2/3 of your desired invites are from out of town, and venues require guaranteed minimums on catering?
Is it over okay to make a survey for your friends and family to gauge best-guesses for will they/won’t theys for a wedding a year and a half or two years away?
In case you missed it, we recently launched a comprehensive and totally customizable document of wedding planning spreadsheets to get your wedding planning game on point. First we featured a big ol’ wedding timeline and now we’re rolling out the wedding guest list planner to keep track of all your guests, their RSVPs, contact info, food preferences, gift,
blood type… everything you need to know.
I’ve seen tons of variations on this funny RSVP card around the web, so we thought we’d try out our own version as a free downloadable printable. Whether your guests will be happily accepting or tongue-in-check happily declining… there’s an answer for every smart-ass on your guest list. Who knows — maybe it’ll inspire the slackers to actually send their card in before you start the RSVP hounding process.
We know that getting guests to RSVP to the wedding is like getting your cat to cook dinner: rare but appreciated. Okay it never happens, and RSVPs tend to feel the same way. But with one tiny addition on your RSVP, you can subtly and humorously tell your guests you mean business about this RSVP deadline.
You’ve got to get that guest list number to your caterer, your venue, your uncle, your cat… everyone needs this number, right? How are you supposed to figure it out when you know your guests are slacking with their RSVPs? The best way to guesstimate this number is to sit down with your list and figure out the likelihood of each person, but if you’re needing the number NAONAONAO, we’ve got some math that may help. Here’s our advice for how to estimate guest list numbers.
So you’re down the wire with only a month left before your wedding date, and you still have a third of your guests who haven’t RSVPed? Here’s what to do, complete with a copy ‘n’ paste message for exactly what to say.