Budget Bride Tip for June 18: Ask guests to RSVP online
We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.
Allie Gruner and Quinn Keogh avoided the hassle of keeping track of incoming RSVP cards by having guests respond online for their April 7 wedding at The Foundry in Lake Oswego, Ore.
The couple sent out simple, one-card wedding invitations that asked guests to visit the wedding website Quinn, 27, a professional cyclist and student, had set up.
There, guests could RSVP as well as get more details about the wedding and reception. They were also given the option of calling or e-mailing to say if they would attend, but none did.
“Everyone that we know is pretty tech savvy,” says Allie, 26, a recent medical school graduate. “There wasn’t really any confusion.”
Skipping traditional RSVP cards allowed Allie and Quinn to avoid including a second card and envelope with their wedding invitations and buying additional postage for guests to send them back.
The average cost of invitations and reply cards was $231 in 2011, and postage was $100, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.
Several guests told Allie that they liked not having to worry about putting their RSVP card in the mail.
“It was a lot more streamlined,” she says.
Here's Allie in her wedding gown dancing with Quinn at the reception ...
And this is the ceremony ...
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Thanks to Allie and Quinn for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.