A big congrats to Emily & Ian on their wedding in sunny, Southern California! They loved our Hudson design, in the original blush and black inks, with a pale pink lined envelope. They wanted traditional rsvp cards for some guests, as well as response tags for their tech-friendly invitees. The rsvp cards featured pink illustrations for the wedding events and a space to request a song for the reception.
These cards are an example of a way to convey the wedding weekend details to your guests and help them easily indicate which events they will attend. The info card is an information source for guests and the response card is the information source for the family handling the planning. If you have many events for your wedding weekend, it may be most helpful to you to have your guests rsvp for each event, as exemplified on this response card. It will make counting heads for each event much easier!
When it comes to response cards, you need to determine how much information you need from your guests. Often this depends on the type of meal you’re serving (if you need them to choose an entree), or if you are having multiple events and need a headcount. If you want to keep things really simple, you can have an open response card with just the reply by date. This is a nice way to encourage your guests to write you a fun note prior to your nuptials.
An rsvp card should always include:
Reply by Date (shown clearly at the top or bottom of the card)
A space to write your guest’s name(s)
A space for the guest to reply with Accepts or Regrets (unless you are doing an open response card)
Additional information you might include:
Entrée selection - Please initial an entrée selection for each guest
Headcount for events - Please indicate the number of guests attending each event
Accommodations - Please help us welcome you to New York City. Where do you plan to stay?
Transportation - Please indicate the number of guests requiring a shuttle to the reception
A fun question - I’ll dance if you play
You may also provide a space for guests to let you know of any dietary restrictions at the bottom of the card.
There are many different ways to word your reply by date on your response card. Typically you would request an RSVP about 4 weeks in advance of the wedding, but check with your venue and caterer in case they need more notice. Here are a few suggestions we have for wording:
The favor of a response is requested by the First of July (most formal)
The favor of your reply is requested by the First of July
Kindly reply before the First of July
Please respond by the July 1, 2019
RSVP by the 1st of July, 2019