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Sending RSVPs

A crucial part of any wedding is knowing how many guests will be attending. Here are a few suggestions to help make getting those responses a walk in the park.

INCLUDE STAMPS - Trust me, I understand trying to save money, but make sure to budget for stamps on your RSVP's. Not everyone has stamps lying around on a regular basis. Heck, I design snail mail for a living and rarely have them. Including a stamp on your response envelope is a must in my opinion. 

GIVE OPTIONS - It may seem like a no brainer that a guest would respond when they have a pre addressed RSVP with a stamp already on it, but you'd be surprised. An easy fix for this problem is to include a wedding website to RSVP on or list a custom email address. You can set up an email specifically for your wedding using a free source like Gmail or Yahoo (doing it separate from your personal email will help keep everything "wedding" in order). Giving your guests options definitely helps cut down the number of phone calls later on.

NUMBER ATTENDING - Requesting the number attending isn't a must, but it does help you finalize your head count a little easier. If you aren't solely inviting couples to your wedding consider adding a place to list the "number attending." Or if you get a discount on dinners for children, you could add a place for "children attending." 

TIMING - There is a special balance on timing for getting RSVP's returned. Give a guest too much time and they may push that response card to the side and completely forget. Don't give them enough and they can't come because they're busy already. My suggested time frame for sending out invitations is 8-10 weeks in advance. Most wedding vendors need a head count of guests about two weeks prior to the wedding date, so having an RSVP deadline of 3-4 weeks prior gives you ample time to hunt down those stragglers and get your seating charts ready. 

Basically you want to cover all your bases in the beginning to make sure the time spent leading up to your wedding day is as stress free as possible. When meeting with my couples, I make sure to go over all the little details that come with such a simple piece of the invitation puzzle. 

Floral Pastels - Lindsey and Mason

I have known Lindsey Fay for what might as well be my entire life! I have watched her gracefully grow over the years into a mature, grounded and selfless human being. When she smiles you can't help but smile back, it's infectious! Also, she might be the best storyteller I know - she has this perfect way of laughing while she tells you something funny, it's so contagious you'll find yourself laughing too. She's just someone you want to be near, and you feel good being around her. It makes me so happy to know she has found her soulmate. Isn't that what we are all searching for?

Getting to have a small part in their big day by designing the wedding invitations was an honor. The colors she was using for the wedding were so easy to work with. Each invitation had script names and floral accents on the corners. Those same floral accents were used on the RSVP postcard, and then a watercolor wash was used on the information card to break things up a bit. Inside the envelope, we used a subtle wood grain white liner that contrasted nicely with the off-white envelopes. And to top it all off, custom guest and return addressing to match! 

Their wedding day was absolutely magical from start to finish. I listed a few of the wedding details at the end of this post. 

CEREMONY VENUE - St. Anthony's Church
RECEPTION - Angel Mounds State Historic Site
EVENT PLANNING - City Social Events 
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY - Rachel Mathew Photography 
FLORIST - Petal and Pine
LOCATION - Evansville, Indiana

Cream and Black - Tina and Richard

Tina has timeless taste and wanted invitations that reflected her classic style. The color scheme was neutral shades consisting of ivory, blush, champagne, and modest amounts of black. From the layered super thick Invitation to the square monogram seal, this invitation just screams elegance. 

Evansville, Indiana
Ceremony: St. Benedict Cathedral
Reception: Oak Meadow Country Club
Photographer: Chris Berneking

Coral and Spearmint - Kasey and Jake

I have known this couple for a while now. They were a grade below me growing up in Evansville, Indiana. Kasey is one of those faces you don't forget because she is just absolutely beautiful and her now husband, Jake, is one of the funniest people to talk to. I don't really know their love story and how it all started, but I can say with confidence they have known each other a long time!

By simplifying the needed details from a traditional wedding invitation the couple was able to save money while still getting something beautiful. The invitation itself takes on a formal appearance with script names and a delicate floral design. All the reception and response details are on a small information card. The information card is double sided so the back side answers any accommodation and registry questions a guest might have. The same floral design used on the invitation is subtly reversed from the solid coral background of the extra card. I love mixing up the items so everything matches while still holding true to the color scheme being used. It adds a visual depth to the entire invitation suite and creates interest when it's all laid out in front of you.

The spearmint envelopes are a nice contrast to the coral being used throughout the other pieces. Since I'm obviously a snail mail advocate, making the envelope anything other than white almost guarantees it'll be the first thing opened when checking the mail.