The Big Question of the Day: Are guests less likely to send a gift or money if the wedding RSVP is online?
While it’s perhaps not the most ‘PC’ question to ask aloud to friends and family, we’ve heard this question a few times in passing at RSVPify — so we figured it’s about time we address it head on. And hey, there’s no shame in wondering. Who doesn’t like getting a few unexpected wedding gifts from friends and family who can’t make the main event or want to send a gift early?
So, do couples opting to collect their wedding RSVPs online instead of by snail mail receive fewer gifts? In short, the answer is a resounding “no”!
While we can’t claim to have generated statistically significant metrics on the number of gifts received by couples using online vs offline RSVPs, the anecdotal evidence is compelling. Your guests won’t be less inclined to mail a gift if you decide to collect your wedding RSVP online. Most traditional RSVPs are returned completely separately from any gift. While there are undoubtedly exceptions, most consider it “tacky” to include a gift (even in the form of a check) in the small RSVP envelope that is returned. Instead, most guests choosing to give the gift of cash opt to send a separate envelope with a card and thoughtful note.
Of course, the easier you make it to give a gift, the more likely you are to receive a gift from your wacky Great Aunt Ida.
Here’s some tips for, dare we say it……maximizing your gifts in the online RSVP world: