Wedding planning is quite the feat of preparation, coordination and logistics. Since a smooth and successful wedding relies so heavily on planning, an accurate guest count is of vital importance. There are several ways to secure this important information in anticipation of your big day, and arguably the most seamless and effective method is mailing matching response cards along with the wedding invitation suite. These matching cards can be as simple or complex as your event requires, and can serve a vital role in the planning process. Traditional wedding etiquette calls for an enclosed card requesting a reply or RSVP by a certain date, although depending on the nature of your celebration, avoiding a flurry of calls, emails and text messages may be of paramount importance.
This more traditional method leaves a little too much room for error, and particularly if you're trying to gather information like meal preferences, favorite songs, or attendance at multiple wedding weekend events, RSVP cards are the way to go. See below for helpful tips on RSVP card timelines, as well as advice, etiquette, and RSVP/response card wording examples!
It's important to leave 2-4 weeks between your RSVP date and the actual date of your wedding. These few weeks allow enough time for following up with missing replies, as well as making plans for uneven or unexpected numbers. When establishing your RSVP card timeframe, keep in mind to:
When you're expecting RSVPs for an event as important as your wedding, it's important to plan for contingencies and to keep etiquette in mind. Things never go exactly according to plan, so be prepared with these helpful tips and tricks!
__Accepts with Pleasure
__Declines with Regrets
Please Choice One of the Following:
___Rack of Lamb
Number Attending ___________
Please Indicate Your Selection:
______ Vegetarian Lasagna
______ Herb-Encrusted Pork Tenderloin
Guest Name(s): _____________________________
____Will Attend ____Will Not Attend
Please Include any Food Allergies in the Space Below:
___Can‘t Wait to Celebrate!
___ Sorry to Miss Out
____Delightfully Accepts ____ Regretfully Declines
Name(s): _____________________________ will Attend the Rehearsal Dinner
Name(s): _____________________________ will Attend the Ceremony
Name(s): _____________________________ Will Attend the Cocktail Reception