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We just recently sent out our STD...we did a magnet and included a pre-RSVP card. In a week we've already received a bunch back. We have actually been suprised to find some friends we thought would definitely come cannot and those who we had in our mind as maybes are actually attending.

 

At first I felt really odd about sending a pre-RSVP, but I just included language that said, "To get a general estimate of the number of people joining us in Aruba we kindly request that you return this postcard to us by November 1, 2009". On the forum I found cute language for the Yes and No (Yes, Save me a Beach Chair; No, I burn too easily).

 

We did them as postcards to cut down on postage and actually got some great comments about how cute they were. My sister even told me that she's not sending it back b/c it's too cute.

 

I know we won't get all the cards back, so we plan to follow up with those friends and family via email. I'm also pushing that fact that flights are cheap to book now...hopefully that gets people to respond to me.

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We included preliminary RSVP postcards (with postage) in our STDs and we also have a link on our wedding website where people can RSVP (we have a note stating that it is a preliminary RSVP to get an estimated headcount for planning purposes). I also plan on emailing a reminder or two to our guests a week or two before the RSVP deadline. We've only gotten an RSVP from my parents, but it has only been a week since we sent out our STDs.

 

I'm not sure how many people will actually mail in the RSVP postcards though. I did a similar thing when I planned my family reunion a couple of yeas ago. It was like pulling teeth to get people to give me an answer. I ended up calling and emailing most people to find out if they were attending or not. I mean, it can't be that hard to put your name and a couple of X's on a postcard and drop it in the mail can it (especially when postage is already included)?

 

You may just have to keep calling and emailing your guests until you get a "yes" or "no" response from everyone.

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I asked for a pre-RSVP on my STDs, which I just sent out a few weeks ago. RSVPs are just starting to roll in!

 

The wording I used was:

"It would really help us with our planning to get a general estimate of the number of people planning to attend our destination wedding.

Therefore, we kindly request that you complete and return this RSVP card, or RSVP online on our wedding website, at your earliest convenience.

 

We realize that plans may change, so this is an informal RSVP.

A more formal RSVP request will be sent later, along with a formal invitation."

 

I think I borrowed some of this wording from another bride, maybe MarieSam? In any case, thanks!

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Originally Posted by jerseykitten View Post

Hi Everyone!

At this stage we would love to hear who might be able to join us for our wedding at Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa in Jamaica on April 10, 2010. Your response is not set in stone, but will help us along with our planning.


We also have a block of 10 rooms held at the resort at a special discounted rate that you can book now though our travel agent Sally.

Please call me if you have any questions.

Love,
Michele & Jim


Thanks Michele, I really like this and plan on doing something similar.

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I'm going to use this for ours!
 

Originally Posted by Princess402 View Post

I asked for a pre-RSVP on my STDs, which I just sent out a few weeks ago. RSVPs are just starting to roll in!

The wording I used was:
"It would really help us with our planning to get a general estimate of the number of people planning to attend our destination wedding.
Therefore, we kindly request that you complete and return this RSVP card, or RSVP online on our wedding website, at your earliest convenience.

We realize that plans may change, so this is an informal RSVP.
A more formal RSVP request will be sent later, along with a formal invitation."

I think I borrowed some of this wording from another bride, maybe MarieSam? In any case, thanks!


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