Introducing (The Long Awaited) +1s!

    We know you’ve been waiting anxiously, and we’re so very pleased to announce that we’ve added +1s to our online wedding RSVP! In this article, we’ll take you step-by-step through the new feature—what it looks like, how it works, and what you can expect. Important to note: If you’ve already sent out your invites, you don’t actually have to do anything. Your guests can still RSVP using your custom RSVP questions.

    (We know that means you’ve missed out on this great new feature, which is a bummer, but we wanted to assure you that you don’t have to take any additional actions. And, if you scroll to the bottom, we’ve included some FAQs for those of you wondering how this impacts you if you have indeed already sent out your invites.)

    Give guests in your Guest List a +1 limit.

    We can practically hear you rejoicing! From the Guest List, you can limit the +1s by choosing a number in the “+1 Limit” column, after you’ve added a guest.

    This will cause new rows to appear below, where you can enter information about the additional guests. You can also leave the info blank if you don’t know the name(s) of the +1s.

    Ask questions to the primary guest only.

    And by primary guest, we mean whoever is doing the RSVPing. You can also create questions that are asked to everyone in the party. For example, “Where are you staying?” can be asked to only the person RSVPing, but “Do you have any food allergies?” can be asked to each +1 in the group. You can do this from the RSVP Questions page (that has a new look ICYMI).

    Guests can RSVP for their +1s.

    When guests RSVPs and enter their name and email, we first check if they are on the couple’s guest list. If they are, we then check if they’ve been given +1s in the guest list. If they have been given +1s, the guest will see how many +1s they have, and in some cases show the names of their +1 pre-filled (if the couple already pre-filled it in their Guest List).

    The main guest will then be able to RSVP for each of them. If they weren’t given any +1s, they won’t see this option.

    Once all guests are accounted for—whether attending or not attending—your guests will see the option to “Finish and Send” the RSVP. Then they’ll show up together in your Guest List!

    Note: If I have a party of Jane Smith + John Smith + Joanna Smith, anyone in that party would be able to start RSVPing for their party if they type in the matching names and emails. The main RSVPer is whoever is initiating the RSVP, and everyone else would be considered a +1 (in terms of being asked the “Ask to Plus Ones” questions). For example, Jane Smith would be able to RSVP for all three guests, and John Smith  would also be able to update all three guests’ RSVPs.

    And that’s that! But per the usual, we have some exciting things to come in the next few months including multiple choice RSVP questions and “If this, then that,” type questions, e.g., if a guests selects “Yes” to a certain question, he or she would be asked a specific followup question that they wouldn’t be asked if they had selected “No.”

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Let’s say you sent out your invites yesterday. You might be thinking…

    How do I turn an individual guest into a household?

    First, you want to go to your Guest List. If you have a party of two who are separate on your Guest List (in other words, they’ve both already RSVPd or both of their names are in your Guest List), you want to choose one of the guests to assign a +1.

    Once you do this, you’ll see a blank field directly underneath that guest. Next, you’ll select the box next to the blank field and also select the box next to the actual guest in your guest list that belongs in that party.

    Then you’ll merge the blank +1 with the actual guest by selecting “Merge Two Duplicate Guests.” There you have it! A household.

    What if one of my custom RSVP questions already asks how many are in a guest’s party?

    Another good question—and it’ll require a little extra work. Go to your Guest List. From here, you can start to assign +1s. Once you use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate number of +1s to that party (as shown above), you can remove that RSVP question from the RSVP page of your dashboard. You can also, if you have the information on hand, manually enter the name(s) of the additional guests in that party.

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    Cali Pitchel

    Cali Pitchel is Joy’s Director of Marketing. She lives in San Francisco with her soon-to-be-husband and three houseplants. She was born in Boston, raised in Arizona, is a voracious reader, a lover of the great outdoors, and a photography junkie.

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