10 Wedding Hacks You Need to Know

savethedatePlanning a wedding can be a bit overwhelming (and by a ‘bit’ we mean a-whole-lot). If you’ve begun the process of getting ready for your special day, you probably already have an idea of how hectic things can get and just how quickly. With all this going on, a few helpful wedding hacks is just what you need.

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Wedding DOs and DON’Ts for Your Invites & Save the Dates

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Hooray, you’re engaged! There was a ring, maybe some rose petals, possibly a flash mob and most importantly, someone said “Yes!” Engagements are so exciting! When all the electricity has died down a bit and it’s time to start planning your wedding you’ll have so many different avenues to maneuver like who to invite, who not to invite, when to invite them and so on. We’re big believers that planning weddings shouldn’t have to be such a mystical pain in the ass. So we thought we’d give you some insight into the Do’s and Don’ts of sending out your wedding invites and save the dates.

[If you’re feeling a bit lost when it comes to wedding etiquette in general check out this list of articles to help you navigate wedding etiquette.]

If you’re still stuck on the etiquette acceptable for wedding invitations, here is a list of our wedding DOs and DON’Ts for your wedding invitations and save the dates to avoid making any major etiquette mishaps. Continue reading

How to (Gently) Nudge Your Guests for RSVPs

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Yeah, we know. You sent them Save the Dates. You gave them their own little RSVP card and a pre-addressed, pre-stamped return envelope. You let them RSVP online via your wedding website so they wouldn’t even have to get up and find a mailbox.

You made it so easy.

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BUT the wedding’s a few weeks away and a handful of your nearest and dearest (and apparently laziest) still haven’t RSVP’d.

WTF do you do?!

How do you (gently) nudge your guests for wedding RSVPs?

How do you make it clear that these aren’t exactly voluntary (you really need to give your caterer the real headcount)? But also, how do you avoid appearing like a crazy control freak?

We got you.

Step 1: Stay calm.

Easier said than done but speed dialing your college roommate and giving her a 20-minute lecture on what Respondez S’il Vous Plait means will help no one.

Step 2: Thank god that you planned your RSVP date wisely.

This step actually comes way before—back when you set your RSVP date a week or two before you need to give your caterer a final headcount.

Step 3: Pick up the phone and have your script in hand.

“Hey ____! Just wanted to make sure that you received our invitation. I need to give the final head count to the caterer by Friday and wanted to know if you’ll be able to make it. We really hope you can. Thanks!” Be upbeat. Be gracious. Put extra emphasis on that “need to give the final head count to the caterer” bit.

Step 4: Be safe, not sorry.

If you’re still listening to silence on the other end, plan for a few gatecrashers and tell your caterer they’re coming. If they still don’t show—hey, looks like someone gets an extra plate of salmon.