Planning a wedding is definitely fun, it’s definitely stressful too. One of the most challenging struggles I had during my planning days was getting people to RSVP. In the beginning it was an adventure to see if I had mail. I would run to the mailbox everyday to see who was planning to attend the most glorious day of my life. In my eyes everyone should have been as excited as I was. In most cases I would walk back with an RSVP from a family member or a bridesmaid. People I already knew were for sure coming. As my deadline drew closer more and more came in but the numbers of RSVP’s and the number of people at my wedding did not match up. Thank God I had planned for extras. Since then I have heard many brides complain and struggle with the fact that people neglect sending in their RSVP. I heard all the excuses, “you know I am coming,” “I didn’t know I would have too,”  and one of the most common excuses was, “RSVP’s are outdated.”
 
I felt this topic would be a great blog entry as I have found some pretty interesting and “modern” if you will, solutions to getting most of your guests to RSVP. Here are some of my findings. 
 
1.) Create a Wedding website: Many brides are now using a wedding website to share information with their guests.Your site can contain information from location of the wedding to how you and your love met. They are pretty useful and nifty. They are also a great way to collect RSVP’s. With a click of a button your guests can let you know if they will be able to attend or not. Making the process much more automatic. 
 
2.) Mention your RSVP cards:There’s no shame in casually asking guests if they got the invitation. If you are nervous about it say something simple like “I hope you’re coming! We can’t wait to get your RSVP back!” 
 
3.) Give Options: Make it easy for your guests by giving them permission to RSVP in the manner that they prefer. Online on your website, Facebook, or E-mail or if you are extremely organized you can consider text messaging as an option. You will still want to consider sending out your cards snail mail as well, as mailing in an RSVP card might feel more comfortable for older guests. 
I hope this little bit of information will help you during your planning. By not worrying about your RSVP’s you will have more time to enjoy this fun process because it is fun!
Author: Paige Hutchison Nickel
Photo by: Alissa Saylor Photography
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Take a look back at the most popular wedding trends, from attire to reception décor to cakes, starting in the early 1900s.

1900s

In the early 1900s, the customary wedding dress featured an S-shaped corset, which drew in the stomach and pushed out the bosom, an effect emphasized by frills on the bodice. Gigot sleeves were popular — wide, puffy sleeves that tapered to a narrow forearm. While white was still the color of choice for affluent brides, due to Queen Victoria’s trend-setting gown in 1840, other brides opted to wear azure, mauve, or pale pink. High waists, high collars, long trains, long gloves, and veiled hats also were in fashion.  More here.

Photo by: Alissa Saylor Photography