So I sent out an email yesterday to remind everyone to RSVP, and I think it worked! I got somewhere around 20 RSVPs today when I checked my email at lunch. Hooray. :-)
For those who are interested, here are the stats:
total number of invitations sent out: 236
total number of people invited: 466
total number of people coming: 125
total number of families RSVPed no: 87
total number of families RSVPed yes: 63
total number of families who haven’t RSVPed: 86
(I feel like this is a MasterCard commercial)
One of the biggest challenges for me right now is to try and not take it personally when so many people are RSVPing no. I know there are a million and one reasons why one can’t go to a wedding, but it’s hard on my end when the majority are by far “no” (and probably most of the “no answer” are no as well). It makes me appreciate the people who ARE coming even more. (By the way, I’m not trying to make anyone feel guilty if you aren’t coming! Please don’t take it that way.) I always wanted a big wedding, with the church filled with people so we could have a big party/celebration! That was so important to Paul and I when we planned for this wedding, that we would not be limited as far as the guest list. So we invited everyone we still keep in contact with, and I honestly thought that I’d get my big wedding. Oh well… there are advantages to a small wedding, too; it’s cheaper in the long run, I’ll get more time to spend with each person, etc. At least I know I tried. I think my life has been too spread out over the world to get what I want.
In the end, I tell myself, I am married to the most wonderful man I know. And we will have fun with the 125 people who are there. :-)
There, I’ve gotten that out, hopefully it won’t bother me anymore. Now I am going to enjoy the last 4 1/2 weeks of being Ashley P. (as my cousin advised me to do).