Wedding RSVP Cards or, response cards, are the second most important thing in your wedding invitation suite. They’re the most traditional way to request a reply to your wedding invitation – crucial information you’ll need to give your wedding reception venue, caterer and/or rental company.
Recently I’ve had a few brides also include a link to an online rsvp form, however, most choose to go the traditional route of including an rsvp card with their wedding invitations. No matter which route my couples choose to go there are always a few common questions that come up about wedding rsvp cards. To help address a few of them, here are the top 5 questions about wedding rsvp cards that I’m asked most often.
The Top 5 Questions About Wedding RSVP Cards
1. What does RSVP stand for?
The term R.S.V.P. is French for, “Repondez, s’il vous plaît,” which translates in English to, “Please respond.” The primary purpose of an RSVP, or response card, is to provide you with an accurate headcount for your wedding reception.
2. What does the little “M” mean?
The “M” on an RSVP card is an abbreviation for your guests’ title (Mr., Mrs., etc.). Your guests should fill in their names, using their title first. For example, “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” or “Ms. Sally Smith”. If you’re choosing a more modern or less formal approach to addressing your wedding invitations you can simply include a line without the “M” or you can say “Names” in its place.
3. What information should I include?
At the very least you’ll need to let your guests know when you need a reply by. You’ll also want to include a line for guests to write their names (so you’ll know who’s actually responding). You may also want to include meal choices if your venue or caterer will need to have that information in advance. I’ve also had couples ask their guests which songs they’d like the DJ to play or which late night snacks they’d like to be served.
4. What is an appropriate “reply by” date?
Traditionally the recommendation is 3 weeks prior to your wedding but I like to recommend 4 weeks to give you time to track down any unreturned cards. Your wedding venue, caterers, etc. will likely require a final guest count about two weeks before the wedding. That extra week can be really helpful when you’re finalizing your seating arrangements!
5. What will I need for postage to mail my response cards?
Typically response cards only require a standard first-class stamp. So your basic “forever stamp” should cover you. However, I always recommend checking with the post office first. The only response cards that won’t need a stamp are those being mailed to a different country. Those will require postage from the country they’re being mailed back from.
Hopefully, this helps to answer a few of the questions you had about wedding rsvp cards. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your response cards. Remember that your wedding invitations should be a reflection of you as a couple and a preview of what guests should expect at your wedding.
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