We often get asked, should we just do our RSVPs online? As obvious paper enthusiasts, our initial reaction is always a little lackluster at the thought of losing such a time-old tradition for snail mail. But the wedding climate is changing, so we might as well jump on the bus! So to the question, "should we do digital RSVPs", the answer really depends on your preferences:
WHEN ONLINE RSVPs MIGHT BE THE RIGHT FIT:
01. You don't want to be bothered tracking your guest list. Mail-back RSVPs means tracking your guest list. We recommend Excel or Google Sheets but even if it's an old fashioned paper list - you're going to need to keep track one way or another. Most websites let you download your RSVP list straight to an excel file - which is exactly how we need it to create your seating cards or charts. This makes managing RSVPs a breeze!
02. You're trying to mind the budget. Nixing the mail-back RSVP saves on postage and an envelope. You can even eliminate the RSVP card itself if there's room on the details card to include the reply info. Saving here means more funds to allocate to a killer seating chart moment or elaborate place settings - yay!
03. You want quick responses. Online replies are instant. No waiting for USPS which, we know can take time. And, since most of us are on our phones constantly anyways, we're more likely to jump on a wedding website to give a quick "yes" or "no".
WHEN MAIL-BACK RESPONSES ARE THE WAY TO GO:
01. You love snail mail! There really is nothing more exciting than checking your mailbox in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Who has responded?! Who is coming!? It's like a kid on Christmas morning - you just can't wait for the mailperson to come each day!
02. You have a lot of older guests. Though most
people are pretty tech-savvy these days, chances are that Great Grandma Rose will have some trouble figuring out the whole online thing.
03. You like keepsakes. If you're the type to keep a box full of old memories - go with a mailed RSVP. A lot of your guests will write sweet messages when they go to send these back - fun memories to look back on and re-read later!
No matter which you choose - the important thing is getting the responses. So having weighed out the pros and cons, what are your thoughts? You going digital or sticking with snail mail?