One of the more frustrating parts of wedding planning is having to track down missing RSVP's. While it sounds like such a simple task, most of us have been guilty of not timely responding to invitations at one time or another. To hopefully ease the stress of tracking down late responses, we have compiled 5 tips for you to ensure your guests respond in a (somewhat) timely manner.
1. Be specific. When you are writing the text on the reply card be sure to give your guests a specific date for which to return their reply by.
2. Make it easy. Make responding fool proof by enclosing a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope with your reply card. They will have no excuse to not stick it in the mail.
3. Use clear wording. Some folks think they only need to reply if they are coming. Be specific with your wording, so that all of your invited guests know they have to reply, regardless of whether they are coming or not. Something like "The favor of your reply is requested by _____ will work great.
4. Don't give them too much time to complete the task. Folks have a tendency to procrastinate. Give your guests a sense of urgency with the reply. If you have sent a Save-the- Date ahead of the invite, I would send the invite 8 weeks before the wedding, with the RSVP due back to you 6 weeks before the wedding. 2 weeks is plenty of time for them to walk the reply card out to the mail box.
5. Plan ahead. Know going into it, that some follow up will be required. By having the RSVP due 6 weeks before the wedding, you will have a week or two to follow up with the invited guests who haven't replied, and still have a month to do your final, guest count dependent projects.
We hope this helps! Best of luck, and when all else fails just remember to breathe! :)