If you are planning to send out wedding invitations, make sure to add a response card for your guests. This card provides an easy way for guests to respond to your invitation. It is part of the etiquette of giving a formal response to the bride and groom. However, the response card can be arranged to meet your wedding needs. From the request line to the date of reply, learn more about the organization of a wedding response card by reading our blog!
The first line on the card is to address the guests by formally requesting a reply. Some phrasing you might see on this section of the card include “the favor of a response is requested by”, “kindly reply by”, and “please respond by”. If you plan to use formal or casual phrasing, ensure you are consistent with your speech throughout the card.
Date of Reply
The next line of the card is to reach a final head count for the wedding. Responses should be requested at least two to four weeks before the actual date. Follow-ups may be necessary if you don’t receive a response. The date of reply is important not only for head count, but also if you plan on having catering services and need to know the number of people to serve.
The M line is for guests to write in their names. The M itself is meant to designate a salutation for Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms. Couples can choose to write in Name(s) instead of the M.
Accept and Decline Lines
The last line of the response card has an accept and decline line for guests. The wording for this line can range from “accepts with pleasure/declines to regret” to “will attend/ will not attend”. This depends on the formality of the card. Another line might be added for the number of attendees, usually for larger families.
At Forever Friends, we have beautiful response cards and envelopes to include in your wedding invitation. Our response cards and envelopes are customizable, such as the type of printing and trimming. Contact us to order your response cards today!