7 tips for wedding rsvps.

you spend a lot of time + money on wedding invitations + stamps. you send them out in anticipation for the first one to be returned. then you learn it’s not as easy as put in the mail, get back in the mail. definitely not a flawless process. and know that as much as you may want to create an exclusive nightclub guest list for those who mailed back your beloved rsvp, complete with a enforcer bouncer at the door, you can’t. [or you can, it’s your wedding]. it’s a grin + bare it kind of deal. but some of these tips may help ..

1 // always rsvp. regardless of your response, send it back.

2 // if you say you’re attending on your rsvp, attend. most weddings serving plated dinners pay for every single “yes” rsvp. so if you don’t show up ..the waitstaff is happy & you may not receive a christmas card that year. you know what you did.

3 // for the bride + groom, put your address & a stamp on the return envelope. it should increase your chances of seeing those babies again.

4 // you will receive verbal + facebook rsvps.

5 // for the guest, don’t forget to write your name [or a name] on the blank provided. it’s no fun to guess whose rsvp may have arrived. especially when you only have a number “2” and a “X” on attending to go on. [I never thought this could possibly happen. it wasn’t until after our wedding, I now know it is rather common].

6 // number your rsvps. I’d recommend a tiny number on the back, in a bottom corner. then put that number next to the name on your guest list and drop in the mail. [this is a tip someone gave me after the fact. I really wish I knew then].

7 // for the guest, it’s a sweet surprise to open a rsvp & see a handwritten note from your friend or family member. just a quick “can’t wait to get down on the dance floor with you in may!”.

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I’m not the only one with RSVP tips, what tips can you add? what really got to you?

happy tuesday.

wedding // guest list.

our wedding invitations have arrived. and our dining room table is currently being hidden under mountains of paper + envelopes.

my mom is graciously making her way to des moines this weekend to join [J] & I’s production line. we have agreed to pay her in bloody marys + breakfast burritos at the first downtown farmer’s market of the year. which just so happens to be taking place this weeknd. [and I’m so excited].

we’re slowly making wedding planning progress. very little no thanks to me. basically [J] is a saint.

I need to know ..

is it common to put the guest first in every decision you make for your wedding? I’m struggling to find the balance between what I want & what I feel is best for our guests. in truly, every decision. where we’re registering. if I’m having a bridal shower [because I don’t want my guests to feel they have to travel twice]. if cake or cupcakes would be more enjoyable. you get the drift. I just need to know if it’s normal.

obviously [J] & I are beyond thankful + blessed to have so many amazing people in our lives. and we want them to not only celebrate our marriage by our side, but also enjoy themselves. but when do you draw the line?

wedding // guest list c/o LLinaBC.com

a peak at our save-the-dates.

happy hump day.

we’re halfway there ..