The RSVP card is probably one of the most important elements of your wedding invitation set and I am going to help you understand a bit more about why you need the RSVP card and what information you need to capture, what reply date you should set and also share with you the different types of RSVP cards you can have within your invitation suite.
The reason why I am so passionate about the RSVP card is because I have a strong background in event planning where I was an Operations Manager for an international events company before I did what I do now. I also planned my entire wedding right down to the helicopter landing on the run sheet & assigning guests to the correct buses at the end of the night.
Because your wedding is effectively an event, it means that you need a high level of focused attention to detail and to know how all of the small pieces fit to make the bigger picture. This is where the RSVP card fits in when it comes to managing your guests.
There is a lot of information you can obtain from your guests returning their RSVP card.
Details you are going to need to know to plan for are:
I always suggest that you request a reply date approximately 4-6 weeks before your wedding.
If you have a wedding that is being heavily affected by changing restrictions then you might be able to push this back to 2-3 weeks before your wedding but this isn't ideal for normal planning and really should only be considered if you find yourself sending out last minute invitations in an ever changing environment of restrictions due to COVID-19.
4-6 weeks will give you enough time to follow up any guests who don’t reply in time to plan the tasks above and without stressing out too much before your wedding day arrives.
The below guest information captured on the RSVP card will provide you with all of the answers you need to tackle the above tasks.
This may also be the discreet location to mention that your wedding is an adult only affair or if you need to know anything more regarding Covid-19 Restrictions
There are many different ways you can add an RSVP card to your wedding invitation set that will ensure it matches aesthetically but also be functional, and they are;
A standard landscape or portrait card with a reply envelope
A custom made RSVP card to fit your invitation design
An RSVP postcard, omitting the need for a reply envelope.
RSVP details mentioned within a details card where guests would reply to you via mobile or email.
I hope you found this helpful with planning your RSVP cards.
As always, if you have any questions - please contact me directly via email at email@example.com and I'll get right back to you!
Until next time ...