When you send out your wedding invitations, you’re going to get a lot of RSVP cards back—and that’s awesome. However, there are going to be some guests that won’t send theirs back. Luckily for you, there are ways to ensure that you receive the RSVP cards you still need for your wedding.

PREPARE IN ADVANCE

When you create your RSVP card to send out with your invitations, make sure that you include the date you wish for them to respond before. For RSVP cards, the bigger the date is written, the better! This way, every time they look at the card, they are reminded that they still need to respond.

If you’d like to increase their chances of responding in a timely manner, also include a pre-addressed envelope with the card. If you’d also like to include postage, that’s completely up to you. While including postage will increase the cost for you, it will also make it easier for your guests to respond.

EMPLOY YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

If you don’t want to be direct, or if you’re concerned about seeming annoying to your guests, ask your friends and family to check in with them. They can simply ask, “Hey, are you coming to the wedding?” in passing.

SEND A REMINDER

If your desired RSVP date has already passed, this may be the time to send out a reminder. You’re going to need to put together a seating chart for your reception, and in order to do so, you need to know who’s coming. Hopefully, at this point, you only have a few stragglers that have yet to respond. This way, you can make a quick, friendly reminder and send it electronically.

When you send your reminder message, simply say something to the effect of, “I didn’t hear back from you. Are you coming to my wedding? Please still send your RSVP card!”

It’s possible that you still won’t receive all of the RSVP cards back, but at least you’ll know who to expect at your wedding.

Obviously, we hope you won’t run into the RSVP card woes that happen when trying to organize such an important event—we just want to equip you in case you do.