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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. 

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     I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for someone to come in and ask for lace on their wedding invitations. I would subtlely ask each client if their dress had lace on it or if they wanted to incorporate that into their invitations in any way... But most people just changed the topic. Then magically, when I had almost given up, a new client comes to her consultation with a phone filled with lace invitation ideas and photos! I didn't even have to ask! To say I have been counting down the days for the chance to post the photos might seem dramatic... But I have been!

     Ashley and Jeffrey were married on probably the best day of the year. When I woke up that morning and looked outside it put a smile on my face. After two full days of rain and cloudy skies, the sun was finally out and it was a perfect breezy 75 degrees. I was happy knowing she had one less thing to worry about. Not that she would ever worry, she kept her cool all the way through her engagement. Ashley was a true joy to work with and one of my favorite clients. After working together designing her wedding invitations, programs, bridal shower invite and an adorable slideshow, it's hard to call her a client. She's a new friend. 

     Their wedding colors were mainly black and ivory with pops of bold accents. Deep purple, magenta and orange filled the bouquets and center pieces. We kept the invitation simple, it was printed on textured ivory paper layered on smooth ebony cardstock. The matching RSVP was on the same textured paper with an ivory addressed envelope. All of the details were wrapped up in beautiful cream lace with a black satin ribbon and placed inside a shimmering hazelnut inner envelope. For the final touch, the double envelopes were personally addressed to match the script font used throughout the suite.

 

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     The program was printed on heavy card stock and folded longways. The inside left listed the ceremony order while the right side held the wedding party names. The backside was a personalized letter written to the parents, family and friends. They also included a remembrance section to give appreciation to those that could only be there in spirit. 

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So here's a big CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff and Ashley!

Photo by Stephanie Ulrich

Photo by Stephanie Ulrich

A Sweet Thank You

At a reception there are a million things that need to be pulled together. A bride could easily get overwhelmed with floral arrangements, food options, and seating charts. Something simple and sweet directed at each guest individually might be all you need to tie everything together. This little thank you note is a sweet and easy way to acknowledge every person, and won't break the bank.

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