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How to get your guests to RSVP

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How to get your guests to RSVP

Organization. Thoroughness. Patience. These are three words to keep in mind when it comes to managing the RSVPs for your big day. As not everyone is an event planner or has a Type A personality, we’ve put together some helpful hints for the successful collecting of your RSVPS.

Step 1: Organization

First things first…create a spreadsheet of your guest list! This will be your main point of reference for keeping tabs on who’s responded, who has not responded (yes, you will have to follow-up) or has responded but did not leave a name or a name you can’t read (and yes, this will happen.)

Your spreadsheet should contain the following information: Guest’s First & Last name, their mailing address (physical or electronic), Menu choice (if applicable), Number of invited guests, Number Attending, and their table number. As the RSVPs trickle in you will be able to keep tabs on each guest’s response in a neat orderly fashion. As an added bonus this will also be helpful at the end of the wedding when you need to keep track of your Thank You Cards as well!

For those couples who opt for an online RSVP, you can create a separate email account for the replies to be directed to or most wedding website will have an option for receiving RSVP’s as well. To direct your guests to an online RSVP, you may provide your guests with the website link or email on the bottom of your invitation or include a separate response card.

Step 2: Thoroughness

When preparing your RSVPs for your guests there are a few tricks that you may want to take into consideration.

Numbering your Response cards. This helpful tip will be a savior in the end, trust us! Write down a tiny number on the back of the RSVP cards and match the number to the recipient in your wedding guest list spreadsheet. Using this method will help you to track the responses that come in as you may have guests who forget to write their names or may have illegible writing; this will save you from major headaches! We suggest using a yellow paint pen or Invisible ink pen on the card so that guests will not see the number.

Provide a your guest with a ready addressed and stamped envelope (be sure to check in with the post office for proper postage) for their response cards so that you encourage your guests to respond and make it easier to drop it in the mail!

Step 3: Patience

For those guests who have not responded you may need to have someone follow up with them via phone to make sure they will or will not be attending.

Be sure to give enough time for your guests to respond by as well as enough time for you to reach out to those who have not yet responded. We suggest an RSVP date that is at least a month out from the wedding date so that you have some wiggle room to contact guests who have not responded.

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How to get your wedding guests to RSVP

Be sure to check out our selection of  response cards for your invitations.

Free Printable Placemat

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Free Printable Placemat

Printable placemats will be a nice table decoration for your next dinner or party! Load your printer with 11 x 17 paper stock and print away. If you don’t have a large-size printer, take the pdf to your local print shop to print them for you.

Download Free Printable Placemat template

Rustic Mountain wedding

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mr and mrs

We are kicking off this month of love with the union of Chris & Rebecca, who were married at Red Top Mountain in Cartersville GA.

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rustic decor
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cutting the cake

What was the highlight of their day? Rebecca tells us it was “Seeing all our friends and family there to support us on our big day. Everyone was so happy for us and it was really a celebration of our love with all the people who love and support us.”

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the groomsmen
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the bridesmaids

Advice for couples planning their wedding: Relax and have fun with it, it is after all your day. You shouldn’t let other peoples opinions change what you do. Realize that it is just one day, and it isn’t worth stressing out over.

Anything you would have done differently, Rebecca? I had to hide in the hot kitchen before the ceremony so Chris wouldn’t see me before I walked down the isle…If I could redo something, I would find a better place to hide.

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the wedding party
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place to be invitation

Chris and Rebecca used the Place to Be Wedding Invitation Suite in the original colors for their wedding.

Wedding Location

Red Top Mountain, Group shelter 2 - Cartersville GA

Photography by

Chris Henderson Photography

Engagement Parties and Bridal Showers

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Engagement Party Invitation Designs

He asked and you said…YES!! The word will get around quickly, especially with the way our social network is these days; Don’t let that stop you from shouting out the news by making a formal announcement at an engagement party.

With the number of loved ones who are excited to celebrate with you, there is no limit to how many engagement parties you can have, however, as a rule of thumb the kick off should start with the the tradition of the brides parents being the first to celebrate the announcement.

How formal or informal can be left up to you, it can be anything from a casual backyard bbq to an evening cocktail party. Timing for the party should happen fairly soon after the engagement and remember that the guest invited to the shower should also be invited to the wedding as well. Usually this party can be more intimate with a group of both the bride and grooms family and their closest friends.

At the engagement party be sure there is have enough time to mingle with your guests, as they are there to wish you well and celebrate. The toasts of the night will start with the host of the evening, followed by the groom and you'll also have a chance to toast and thank the nights hosts.

Be sure to check out our new line of designs for Engagement Party Invitation.

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Bridal Shower Invitation Designs

Mimosas + Brunch + Laughter with great company is a fun and simple way to shower the bride to be! Planning a bridal shower can be as traditional or casual as you want it to be.

Pick a theme for the day and get creative! Plan your shower around a fun activity such as a cooking lesson or make it a mad hatter tea party or even having just a simple luncheon with the brides favorite colors!

Then set the date – typically showers are held at least one to three months prior to the wedding date. Be sure not to place it too close to the wedding as to avoid an overwhelmed bride and host! Once the date is set, plan to send out the invitations at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance.

Prepping for the day– Make sure you have enough time for your guests to mingle with the bride to be as well as enjoy the food and drinks! Also, don’t forget about any shower activities you might have planned as well as the gift opening. Most of all don’t forget to enjoy the day with the bride!

For fun and festive invitations be sure to check out our new Bridal Shower Invitations.

Valentines Day Printables, cards and coupons

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Valentines Day Coupons

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Valentines Day Coupon Printable

These Valentines Day cards and coupons can be downloaded for free and printed on your home printer

Southern California Wedding in Style

Today's Real Wedding Thursday, brings you to the Warm and Beautiful Southern California for the wedding of Monique & Scott. We loved working with this couple, who also offered some great advice to all the new couples out there planning their own wedding. We couldn't take our eyes away from all of their amazing all the photos. We hope you enjoy!

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sunshine nuptials
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the wedding dress
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bouquet of succulents

What was your highlight of the day?

Honestly, the whole day was both my husband's and my highlight. There were so many special moments that it is impossible to pick just one.

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hanging out
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the bride
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the groomsmen

Do you have any advice to couples that are planning their upcoming wedding?

Yes, start early with your planning and don't be afraid to delegate jobs to close friends and family (and who you trust to get stuff done).Also, have fun with the planning process - work with vendors who are fun, creative and easy to work with (which I was lucky to have!).

Lastly, stay true to yourself and don't waste time and money on details that are not "you." Instead, focus on ways to creatively express who you both are and your love for each other on your wedding day. So be creative and be yourself.

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dessert bar
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reception table
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group photo

Is there anything you would have liked to do differently?

No, I really can't think of anything. It all came together perfectly and everyone had a blast!

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pool side kiss
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heartchery invitation

Monique and Scott used the Heartchery Invitation and Response card for their wedding

Wedding Location

Condor's Nest Ranch

Photographer

Justin Lee Photography

Rustic Country Wedding Invitations

We just launched many new wedding invitation designs, in a variety of styles, from Rustic and Vintage to Modern and Typography. Available in 2 different paper stocks, these wedding invitations will wow your wedding guests upon receiving them!


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Rustic Country Wedding Invitations

Rustic Country Wedding Invitation Suite

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Dream Big Wedding Invitation Suite

Dream Big Wedding Invitation Suite

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Simple Wedding Invitations

Simple Seal Wedding Invitation Suite

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Pretty Wedding Invitations

Sweet Bloom Wedding Invitation Suite

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Chic Wedding Invitations

Utterly Chic Wedding Invitation Suite

Love vs Design wins 2013 Brides Award by WeddingWire

We are proud of offering exceptional customer service and go above and beyond to make our customers happy. Below is what our brides and grooms from around the world are saying:


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Heartchery Engagement Invitation - January 2013

We received the invitations today--they are absolutely perfect and just in time! Thanks again for all your help. - Sonja

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Place to Be Save the Date - January 2013

Thank you so much - just got our Save the Dates - and they look amazing. You guys were so helpful, so easy to deal with! I appreciate it - and will spread the word to my friends! Thanks! - Robin

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Simply Modern Invitation - January 2013

Thank you so much, it looks perfect, like all other papers too. We really appreciated your professional and detailed service and would love to recommend you to any other friends or wedding couples. We got a lot of positive comments on the special design and are oursleves so happy with it. So, once again a BIG THANK YOU to you and your awesome work. - Kathrin

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Secret Crush Postcard Save the Date - January 2013

We DID receive the postcards this Saturday and they came out BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for getting them to us so quickly & we hope everyone loves them as much as we do :). It's been a pleasure working with you & your company. - Heather









Many more stories can be found on our customer reviews page. If you have any feedback about our products or website, we would love to hear from you!

How to Collect Guest Addresses

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How to Collect Guest Addresses

Let’s face it friends, with today’s technology our address books are SO 1990s! But when the time comes to start addressing invitations, you may find yourself in a crunch scavenging for the addresses of your relatives and friends. So what’s a bride and groom to do when faced with a guest list of 200? This frustrating situation can all be solved with the help of Postable.

Postable is a great organizational online tool that is super quick, easy and safe to use. We tested out the site to show you just how fabulous it is. Read on for more information on how one site can help make the process of collecting addresses so easy!

Once you sign up with Postable, they will provide you with a link for you to email to your friends and family.

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How to Collect Wedding Guest Addresses

Once your contacts receive the email, they fill out their name, mailing address and even their phone and email. All of your contacts current information will be stored neatly into your address book for you to start the timely addressing process.

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Collecting Wedding Guest Addresses

You can even email it off to your printer or calligrapher by downloading the excel template or if you are printing on your own they can transfer them to the label templates!

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Collect Guest Addresses for wedding

Postable is as simple as that. So sign up now to save yourself some time, you can thank us later!

Valentines Day Card and Coupon Printable

We thought it would be fun to design a playful card and some coupons for Valentine's Day. There is still some time left so start thinking about your coupon ideas. We designed these so you can fill them out yourself. Don’t worry, we added an expiration date and terms & conditions because we know how these coupons can go :)

Valentines Day Card and Coupon Printable
Free Valentines Day Card Template
Valentines Day Coupon Printable

Its easy to make these Valentine coupons and card:
Step 1: Go to the The Printable Templates Page.
Step 2: Click on 'Download the free template here' link.
Step 3: Print, cut and fold your cards and coupons together. For your envelope liners use some glue.
The pattern can be printed on the backside of the coupons or as an envelope liner.

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