From here, you can create pages with an RSVP contact form, add special options such as a calendar or widget for saying how many days are left, and even leave a guestbook if you so choose.
And if you have your own web space and skills — or know someone who can do that for you — a few hours of work can net you a unique look and some custom things such as an audio playlist, lots of images in a gallery, maps with StreetView, and so much more.
You start the wedding with some planning, and in that planning, you have the best intentions.
You say “why don’t we do something semi-environmental and embrace the fact that everyone has a phone and/or computer and make the RSVP totally electronic.”
It sounds like a good idea, too. No more RSVPs lost to the inadequacies of the local or international postal systems, and no chance the neighbour will accidentally pick up your mail and just forget to tell you.
And everyone does have means to access the world wide web in some form. I mean, my grandmother does it, and aside for LEAVING CAPS LOCK ON ALL THE TIME, she’s doing a fantastic job of navigating the information superhighway for someone into her eighties.
So on our invites, we encouraged people to use the website to send RSVPs because that wasn’t just more convenient (we thought) and wasn’t just going to save a tree or two, but also meant there was no chance the RSVP would get lost in the mail. Consequently, using a website also meant we could compile the list automatically from its database, exporting it to Excel and viewing the amount of people in an easy to read list.
But things don’t always work out, and it’s not really to any fault of your own. Rather, it’s more one of those things that people won’t always get, and will resort to the tried and trusted method of calling you up.
Even though you can build a system for online RSVPs and invites, our test seemed to show that maybe 30 percent of people will use it, with the remainder calling or emailing you to RSVP, and even though we all use technology — and we tested our RSVP system so it was easy to use — people still won’t.
If you’re contemplating using an electronic RSVP system for a wedding, we’d probably make it an email-based one, with a phone number provided alongside, as this will more than likely get used, and won’t result in people being confused.
The social network
Social media is probably one of the easiest things a person can do when it comes to planning the digital side of a wedding, and that’s because many of us are using it regularly, it’s become transparent and a part of our lives.
It’s probably a safe assumption that a large number of adults attending a wedding — and some of the not-quite-adults — will have a smartphone, and will be taking photos and writing the odd status update to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.