how to fill out a wedding rsvp

If you are invited to a wedding, the couple will expect a response from you by a certain date. This is the time frame they need to finalize their headcount with their venue and caterer. Ideally, you should give them at least 2-3 weeks in between the RSVP date and your wedding day. This will allow guests ample time to respond and gives you the room to chase anyone who may have missed the deadline. Check this out:

Start with a line for guests to write their names and the names of any plus ones they’ll be bringing along. Some couples add a letter to the beginning of the guest’s first name — either a Mr. or Mrs. or Ms — which is meant to indicate whether their guest is male or female. This isn’t a must and the bride and groom may opt for a less formal approach that leaves this line blank, letting guests choose to include or not.

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On the next line, ask if they can attend or not. You can leave it a simple ‘Accept’ or ‘Decline’, or get creative and leave a check box for each option, ‘Can’t Make It’ and ‘Will Attend‘. You might also want to include a note for those with food allergies or other dietary restrictions so this can be communicated ahead of time.

Last, but not least, have a space for guests to note any other information or questions they may have. This can be anything from what song will get them out on the dance floor to where they should park their car.