Wedding Invitation Rsvp Wording

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Get the Wedding Invitation RSVP Wording Right

While the term RSVP is recognized by many people, there is often confusion as to exactly what it is asking when it is printed on a wedding invitation. From the French "respondez s'il vous plait," the words stand for respond if you please. That happens to be a very ambiguous request.

If, for example, you send the invitation to a close relative, she may elect not to respond because she assumes you know she is coming. When several of your relatives take this route, you could miss them on your lists and end up short a dozen meals. Another issue is that RSVP gives no clear instruction to those who may not be able to attend. Obviously, if you want to avoid a lot of stress about who is coming, you should make sure that the recipients know exactly what you want them to do.

Wedding Invitation RSVP Wording Options

Your wedding invitation RSVP wording can, in fact, be much clearer than the traditional RSVP request. There's nothing wrong with asking for a reply if the guest can attend and regrets if that will not be possible. If you elect to use one of the online websites that provide wedding RSVP services, the process becomes infinitely easier on the bride and groom.

These companies offer a variety of options beginning with assistance with invitation wording. If they suggest an RSVP package, you can eliminate the response card normally included in invitations. Since those cards can cost upwards of $2.00 each, you will start by saving money. Once you have selected one of their service levels such as providing a dedicated toll-free number for responses, you will usually get the added service of having all non-responders called for clarification. This allows you to give your caterer an exact count, and that will save you money too!


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