Not sure where to start when writing the copy for your RSVP cards? We have some samples below for some inspiration. Of course, we're always happy to answer any questions you have or to give advice.
There are generally 5 parts to an RSVP card:
- Heading/Reply by date
- Names of your guests
- Accept or Decline
- Number of guests attending
- Entree selection or dietary restrictions
Below we will give sample wording ideas for each section. Some samples are traditional and formal, while others are more fun and casual, with a bit of personality infused into them.
Heading & Reply-By Date
There’s a handful of ways to word your call to action asking guests to RSVP by a certain date:
Names of Your Guests
Traditionally, you would put an "M" with a line. The "M" is for "Mr., Mrs. or Miss" and then the guest would fill out the rest:
If you are concerned some of your guests may not know what "M" means or would prefer to take a more modern approach, try this:
Accept or Decline
Traditional options for this section are as follows:
___Accepts with pleasure
___Declines with regret
___Delighted to Attend
___Regretfully Cannot Join You
Here is where people have the opportunity to really have some fun. There are endless possibilities for this section, here are some of our favourites:
___Sorry, Wish I Could Be There
___We Will See You There!
___Sorry To Miss Out
___Yes, the party don't start 'til I walk in!
___You’re Going to Have to Carry On Without Me
___Bags Packed, Ready to Go!
___Hate to Say Can’t Make It
___Ready to eat, drink and see you get married!
___Will toast to you from afar
___Excited to Celebrate with You!
___Sad to Miss All Fun
___Wouldn’t Miss It For the World
___Will Celebrate from Afar
___Let’s Get Rowdy!
___Show Must Go On Without Me
___Free booze? Yes, please
___In a nutshell…I’m lame
___Only if you’ll be playing “Forever” by Chris Brown
___Not even “Call Me Maybe” will entice me
___Yes, let's live it up!
___No, I'll forever regret this decision
___Don't despair, I'll be there!
___Sad to say I'll miss the day
___No, but I have a good excuse
If you are offering an entrée choice for your guests, you may ask them the following:
Please initial beside you entrée choice
___Beef ___Chicken ___Vegetarian
Please indicate your entrée selection(s)
___Beef ___Salmon ___Vegetarian
If you're not offering an entrée choice, you should simply ask for dietary restrictions so that you will be made aware of any special diets or allergies:
Some people want to make it clear that children or dates are not invited, in which case we recommend starting your RSVP card with:
We have reserved _____ seats in your honour
Some people want their guests to give them song requests for their dance:
Song request ___________________________________________
This song will get me on the dance floor _______________________________________________
What song will keep you dancing? _______________________________________________