In Part 1 of All About RSVP Cards, we laid out all the details you will absolutely need and some that you might want on your response cards. In this second part, we will explore different RSVP wording styles.
Before we get into the different wording styles for your response cards, it is important to know how to address your guests. Whether you leave the cards blank for guests names or write them in, there are key ways to address your guests to clue them in on who is invited and who is not. You should follow the same etiquette for your response cards as you do on your invitation outer envelope, with some slight variation.
- Outer Envelope: Mr. Roger Smith
- RSVP Card: Mr. Roger Smith OR Roger Smith
Single Person with Guest
- Outer Envelope: Mr. Roger Smith and Guest
- RSVP Card: Mr. Roger Smith and Guest OR Roger Smith and Guest
Married with Same Last Name
- Outer Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith
- RSVP Card: Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith OR Roger and Mary Smith
Married with Different Last Name or Unmarried Couples
- Outer Envelope: Mr. Roger Smith and Ms. Mary Parks
- RSVP Card: Mr. Roger Smith and Ms. Mary Parks OR Roger Smith and Mary Parks
Married with Children
- Outer Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith and Family OR Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith, Joseph and Caroline
- RSVP Card: Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith and Family OR Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith, Joseph and Caroline OR Roger, Mary, Joseph, and Caroline Smith
Just like the rest of your invitation suite, the wording style on your response cards should match the tone of the wedding. Below are some sample formal and casual wording styles. These are just a few styles to consider but don’t be afraid to get creative with the language! (We’ve given examples for basic details you will need on your RSVP cards. Be sure to read Part 1 for ideas on other details you might want to include on your cards.)
Formal RSVP Date Wording
- The favor of a reply is requested by (Date).
- Kindly reply by (Date).
- Please reply by (Date).
Formal Attendance Wording
- _____ Will attend _____ Will not attend
- _____ Accepts with pleasure _____ Regretfully declines
- _____ Accepts _____ Declines
Casual RSVP Date Wording
- Please celebrate with us! Let us know by (Date).
- We look forward to celebrating with you! Please reply by (Date).
- We hope you will join us! Reply by (Date).
Casual Attendance Wording
- _____ Can’t wait! _____ Sorry to miss it.
- _____ Will celebrate in person _____ Will celebrate in spirit
- _____ Wouldn’t miss it for the world _____ Will celebrate from afar