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While your wedding invitations are the first impression to your wedding day, the RSVP card is essential for collecting the information you need from your wedding guests to help with your wedding planning. RSVP is French for “please reply” and requests for your guests to let you know if they can attend your big day. The RSVP card is sent with the wedding invitation and I design them to fit with the look and style of the whole stationery suite.

Wedding invitation personalised with hand drawn modern calligraphy on muted grey and pink card

Anneli Marinovich

Wedding Invitation Timings

I advise sending wedding invitations around 6-9 months before the big day so there’s time for guests to RSVP and so you have time to chase up any guests up who haven’t responded. Generally speaking, 12 weeks before your wedding day is a good RSVP deadline. If you haven’t sent out a save the date, then you may choose to send the wedding invitations out earlier. Your venue and caterers will require a final list so make this process as easy as possible for yourself in the lead up to your big day.

Wedding invitation stationery with touches of modern calligraphy, a sleek modern design in a range of neutral colours.

Safrina Smith

Who Is Invited

On the wedding invitation it’s important to be clear on who exactly is invited, this is particularly important if you are sending one invitation to a whole family at the same address. On the RSVP card leave a blank line for the guests to complete their names as shown on The Olive wedding stationery collection which combines letterpress printing and gorgeous deckle-edged paper.

For those wedding planning couples who are feeling extra organised you could number the RSVP cards and correlate to a wedding spreadsheet of guest names, just in case this line is not completed by the guests.

A wedding RSVP card which combines letterpress printing and gorgeous deckle-edged paper in a cream colour.

Holly Booth Studio

Guests Availability

You need to include some kind of tick box option to enable guests to easily indicate whether they are able to attend the wedding. It’s good to keep this within the style of the overall wedding invitation such as “see you there” and “sorry to miss it” if it’s a less formal invitation. As shown on the Eloise wedding stationery collection which combines rose gold foil with modern calligraphy and wax seals as a finishing touch to the wedding invitation suite.

Wedding stationery collection with rose gold foil, modern calligraphy and wax seals.

Holly Booth Studio

Dietary Requirements

There are many different dietary requirements that your caterer will need to take into consideration with the food. I recommend adding in a line which guests can complete themselves to let you know so you can discuss with your caterer with plenty of time. I like the simplicity of The Hollie rsvp card design, with the touches of my hand lettered modern calligraphy.

Wedding RSVP on pale pink card with touches of modern calligraphy

Holly Booth Studio

Song Requests & Other Information

Some wedding couples ask for their guests to provide a song they would love to dance to at the wedding. You can leave a line or space for guests to complete on the RSVP card. Just be prepared this could end up being an eclectic mix of songs! The same goes for any additional information you need to collect from guests, this can be incorporated into the design to allow space for replies.

Guests Responses

Many couples choose to include an addressed envelope within the wedding invitation pack so guests can easily return the RSVP card back to you. If you want to make it even easier you can include a stamp on the envelope. I also recommend including a deadline of when you need guests to respond to you by, on the RSVP card. The easier you make it for your guests to reply, the better!

A wedding RSVP card with a touch of calligraphy and a self-addressed envelope

Holly Booth Studio

Personalised Wedding Stationery

I hope this helps with the information to include on wedding RSVP cards. I have designed many different types of wedding invitations and would love to help bring your dream wedding stationery to life from wedding invitations through to on the day stationery such as welcome signs, table plans and place names. If you’re looking for wedding stationery inspiration have a look at my website or Instagram account.

Please get in touch here if you have any questions or would like to start the stationery process.

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