How to Word Wedding RSVP Cards
Your wedding day requires a lot of planning and communication between yourself and
everyone involved, including both vendors and guests. One thing you must do to ensure a
smooth wedding day, is to have an accurate head count so that there is enough seating and
food for all of your guests. The most efficient way to find out who will be attending your
big event is to use RSVP cards.
When Should Wedding RSVP Cards Be Returned?
You should send invitations six to eight weeks in advance of your wedding, and ask
guests to return the wedding RSVP card no later than four weeks prior to your wedding
date. If your wedding is set for July 30, print the cards with the request that they
be returned by July 2.
How Should The Card Be Worded?
You should keep the card simple and just ask guests to fill in their names and select
their choice. If you will have a choice of main dishes at the reception, you can also ask
for guests to indicate their preferences. Here is a suggestion on wording your cards:
The favor of a reply is requested before July 2.
____Accepts with pleasure
____Declines with regrets
Out of courtesy, be sure to pre address and affix proper postage to the cards,
so that guests can simply fill them out and drop them in the mailbox.
What If Someone Does not Respond?
There's no reason to get upset about it, sometimes people forget to send their
cards and occasionally mail gets lost. Once the RSVP date passes, simply call up the
guests whose attendance is in question, and ask for their response. If you're too busy,
it's acceptable to delegate this task to your maid of honor.
After you have the number of expected guests, you can confirm the numbers with your
caterers and begin making seating arrangements.
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