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? _______________________________________________