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RSVP Card Wording Q & A: Deadline
What deadline should we set for our RSVPs?
Generally, we recommend setting your RSVP deadline at least 4 weeks before the wedding. After the deadline, you'll need to follow up with stragglers, get your seating plan together if you're doing assigned seating and create any other personalized items like welcome notes or place cards. Setting an early RSVP deadline gives you time to get these tasks done with minimal stress. Other factors to consider when setting your RSVP date:
- Your caterer's final headcount deadline. Make sure the date you set gives you enough time to follow up with guests and give the caterer an accurate count. (If your caterer needs to know menu choices in advance, ask guests to mark their entrée choice when they RSVP to avoid a round of follow-up).
- A- and B-list. If you have a B-list, set your RSVP deadline a week or two earlier.
- Location of your guests. If you have a lot of guests coming from overseas, or from cultures where the relationship with time is more relaxed, ask for RSVPs early to account for transit time (if collecting RSVPs by snail mail) and more laid back guests.
- Memorable dates. We generally find the 1st, 15th and last day of the month are easiest dates for guests to remember. It's also a good idea to avoid setting your RSVP deadline on holiday weekends when guests might be traveling.
- Lead time. Ideally, your RSVP deadline should be at least 4 weeks from when your guests will receive their invitations. This gives guests enough time to reply, particularly if they travel a lot or live out of town.