What should I Include in my RSVP Cards?

November 29th, 20102:03 pm

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What should I Include in my RSVP Cards?

Every wedding invitation needs to be coupled with a RSVP card so that you know who is attending your wedding, and just how many people.  Though some brides still chose to have the RSVP option on the actual wedding invitation itself, a lot of brides have found that they are better able to obtain a response than if they sent along a separate card with a stamped envelop.

If you are making your very own RSVP cards to match your DIY wedding invitations, there are a few things that you must include on the card, including getting the wording “right” on the RSVP card.  We’ll start with the actual wording of the card itself:

How to Write an RSVP Card for your Wedding

There are a few different ways you can word an RSVP appropriately for your wedding date, though the below example is one that is commonly used:

A reply is requested by March 31 2010.

Mr/Mrs/Ms. _______________________

___ Accepts

___ Declines

Another style is:

Mr/Mrs/Ms._______________________

Will _____ attend

The blank is for the guest to write “not” if they cannot attend.  If they can attend, they will simply leave the space as blank.

There are some more modern and less formal ways to write up an RSVP card as well.  One of the most fun ways of requesting an RSVP is:

_____(guest name[s]) is/are looking forward to the dining, dancing and drinking

_____(guest name[s]) must miss out on the fun

A slightly more formal way is the following:

(Bride’s name) and (Groom’s name) have reserved (x amount) of seats in your honor.

Mr/Mrs/Ms._____________________________

( ) Accepts with pleasure

( ) Declines with regret

For the very informal, you  may choose the following type of invitation (if it suits your ultra casual theme):

Yo _________________

_______________ (enter name or names) is/are _________________ to attend

We gots ______________ people in our crew

Holla back by March 31 2010.  Word!

Or

________________(names of attendees)

_____ Are excited to come!

_____ Have other stuff to do on that day

Additional Things to Consider

When drawing up your RSVP cards, you probably want to leave some additional white space or room for guests to write notes in. They may have something that they want to tell you about (i.e. if they have a particular diet or if they want to invite along another guest).

If you have family and friends who you know will be unclear about how many people are attending, make a separate line that specifically asks them to count the number of attendees with their part and include it in the RSVP. This can be as simple as a line that says  “____ number of people attending”.

Guests may also write things down illegibly, which can be a real headache.  Try to keep it all organized by writing the corresponding number of the guest on the back of the RSVP card.  That way, you know exactly who has sent in the card and whether or not they and additional guests are attending.

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