Over the last few years, online RSVP sites have gained popularity. So much so that most companies now offer a complimentary online RSVP option with your wedding website. But, like with any trend, there are pros and cons to utilizing an online RSVP versus the traditional card. Here’s everything you need to know so you can make the right decision for your wedding.

  • More responses quicker. There’s no doubt we live in a digital world. People are constantly on their phones, tablets or computers. We’ve found that when you give guests the option to RSVP online, more people tend to respond quicker. This means spending less time tracking people down as your RSVP date approaches.
  • Cost effective. Since many companies include an online RSVP service with your existing wedding website, it costs you nothing to provide this option to your guests. You’ll save on the cost of the RSVP card itself, the envelope and the postage which can add up quickly. Even if you choose to use a paid service, the overall cost is still less than traditional cards.
  • Accurate responses. A common complaint with traditional RSVP cards is that guests will forget to include their name. While there are ways around that, an online RSVP requires them to input their name (which is then verified against your guest list) before submitting their attendance. Additionally, most services will allow them to go back in a and edit their response should circumstances change around their attendance. At any given moment, you’ll know for sure who’s coming and who’s celebrating from afar. 
  • Difficult for Older Generations. Older guests aren’t always technically inclined meaning it will be more difficult for guests like your grandparents to respond. If you do choose to use an online RSVP, always give guests the option to call with their response as well. 
  • Only give one means of responding. While an option to call is okay if going the online route, don’t include both a paper RSVP and an online option. It’s confusing to guests not knowing which method should be used and often ends with you getting duplicate responses. It becomes especially confusing when the responses on each method are different or someone forgets to write their name on the paper RSVP (both are common occurrences when both options are given).
  • Doesn’t always prevent unwanted RSVPs. When utilizing an online RSVP program, you are required to input your guest list, including names, and the number of people that are invited in each party. They also give you an option to designate who gets a plus one and who doesn’t. This does prevent random people on the internet and people who were never invited from responding. However, there is a comment box on the form and there’s nothing to stop the guests from adding additional names in that box. This is an issue that will occur no matter the form of RSVP you use if guests aren’t clear on etiquette and expectations. 
  • Not traditional. Clearly an online RSVP is not traditional. It’s certainly a more casual, modern and eco friendly approach. If you value traditional elements or are having a more formal wedding, a classic RSVP card is going to fit your wedding better. 

What do you think of online RSVPs? Do you love the idea or does the traditional card still call your name?

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