Based on the analysis of data from millions of wedding RSVPs, we’ve compiled some key guest count, RSVP timeline, and associated costs into a handy infographic!
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The answer to this age-old question depends on how many guests you’ve invited (of course!).
In the United States, the number of guests invited to the average wedding is 162 invitees. Of those invitees, 134 RSVP’d “yes” to the wedding.
Whether using an online RSVP or a traditional ‘snail mail’ reply card, guests typically submit their RSVPs a relatively standard timeline.
Want to know the exact breakdown? See our average RSVP response timeline data.
The short answer is that you should send your wedding invitations as soon as possible, particularly if you’re inviting a lot of out-of-town guests who you’d like to be able to attend.
Curious about what the RSVP reply timeline will look like for your wedding? Check out our RSVP response time calculator.
When considering the overall cost of your invitation, factoring in the costs of the RSVP component is important.
Costs can range dramatically depending on how fancy you’d like to get, but on average:
Also, be sure to consider your time and hassle, possible RSVP replies lost in the mail and environment impact.
With paper RSVP cards, the possibility remains that a guest with…the best of intentions may ‘pencil in’ a +1 (guest) who you didn’t actually invite. Then, you’ll either have to pony up the money for another attendee or face a relatively awkward conversation with your guest.
Want a more detailed breakdown? Check out our wedding RSVP cost calculator.
Even if you’re sending traditional paper invitations, consider taking the online RSVP route to save money, time, headache and hassle.
You can check out RSVPify to learn more about online wedding RSVPs.