To get the most out of the song requests on RSVP’s we have to think a little bit like a mass marketer. With that in mind, adding a URL or link like http://www.... Is not such a good idea because it adds an extra step to the process and means people would have to do a lot of typing.
Bear in mind, in that moment when they have their invite and a pen in their hand to tick the box saying they’d love to come to your wedding and they don’t have any allergies. The pen is the best technology.
The pen is mightier than the URL.
My current thoughts is that the best method for the RSVP is to add a space on your Wedding Invitation for a song or songs request’s. With a sentence nudging them into the party mind-set. It’s not ideal when people decide to…
…pick a song that only they know.
…pick a song because it has ‘wedding’ or ‘beautiful day’ in the song title.
…make a list of the 5 greatest musical masterpieces the world has ever known. But mean nothing to you.
…put an awful song down (because your friends think that’s funny – and don’t realise they get sent for approval first and they’re wasting your precious time and you’ve got a wedding to plan!)
A popular nudge is ‘A song you’ll definitely dance too’
On my site there’s a Reason / Dedication box and the suggestion is that it could be a ‘family favourite’ or ‘uni song’.
Favourite memory would be good too. You’ll know what will work best for your friends and family but I think that would make people cast their mind back to a certain time and place. Which is the main idea and probably explains the large number of holiday destinations that get written in that reasons box.
Also thinking like a mass marketer, they would send it out a number of times. The URL is super for email, social media sharing and even sms – because most people have smart phones now and tapping the link will pull up the phones internet browser.
...Once with the RSVP’s. And see how it goes. Then another send out, maybe just to selected people, on the electronic version.
Some people have included it as an option on their RSVP's too. But I don't recommend having it instead of having the space for people to write request. Maybe put 'more than one request? Use this link.' Just to save people with more requests from having to write super small.
If you’re really into your modern music, sending one out very close to the day would be more useful than if your focus was not so current. But allow at least three weeks minimum please, I do have to compile and send them to you.
Seeing how it goes is vital. That’s why I’ll keep you updated.
Get in touch if you have any questions and one final thing - don’t send it out too many times please, I don’t want your guests think you have no faith whatsoever in your Wedding DJ! Haha.