Hi! I am planning my wedding for July 2, 2022.
I have read other discussion forums, and the general consensus is that asking for a Pre-RSVP is tacky and not going to work. I don't need even a semi-official number of people attending, I just want to get an idea of who will "definitely not" be attending. The main reason is that we have to start making deposits on rentals, and I really don't have any idea out of our 200 people guest list, if about 75 of those people will even try to attend.
This is why I want to get a feel for guests that will attend-
*The wedding is on a holiday weekend, and we understand that this means some people we are expecting to attend, might not because they have annual 4th of July plans.
*Because of the ongoing pandemic, some people still might not feel comfortable attending weddings.
So, what are your thoughts? Super tacky, not helpful, or an important part of pandemic wedding planning?
EDIT: Thank you guys for your help! I'm going to send out save the dates next month to put it on everybody's radar, and then I'll just get in touch with people! Thanks for the help!