Exploring the Ins and Outs of RSVP Cards for Invitations
Having an RSVP card along with the wedding invitation ensures a reply from the guests. It makes it simpler for them to send you a reply via an already included pre-addressed envelope. As a fact, there are a few guests who may not recognize that they need to send a formal reply. So, by sending an RSVP card, you are clearly informing them that you are expecting a reply due to which most guests are bound to reply sincerely. Having such a card along with the personalized wedding announcements is totally optional. Moreover, very few couples choose to have it because of the considerable cost involved in sending an invitation card without the RSVP card.
The Format of an RSVP Card
There are two formats of an RSVP card: A postcard with address on one side and printing on the other or a small card with an identical envelope. Although the second format is relatively more formal, both the formats are widely utilized for a wedding until the card balances with the invitation. A majority of the couples decide for a date that is three weeks before the occasion so that ample of time is obtained for finalizing numbers with suppliers, crafting a seating plan, and follow up guests who have not responded. The time along with the date of the wedding is expected to be repeated on the cards, apart from the guest names. It is vital to offer your guests a way of conveying whether they are attending the event or not. Moreover, you should leave some extra space so that the guests can include a personal remark.
Getting a Response
While sending an RSVP card, you must ensure that guests will respond. This is because there are some who never bother to reply. To obtain a response from these guests, you will probably have to follow up with a call during the three weeks prior to the wedding. An RSVP card has some options for making your guests to respond. Ticking the ‘Regrets’ option indicates that the guest cannot attend. Similarly, ticking the ‘Regrets only’ option means that guests who are unable to attend must reply; otherwise, it will be assumed that they are coming.
A critical problem with the RSVP cards is that many guests keep on adding more invitees to it so that you know who are coming with them. This is true despite sending a personal invitation. A considerable number of guests assume that they can take their children or cousins along. However, you can restrict these additions by only listing the invitees on the card and showing up tick boxes against each one with ‘not attending’ and ‘attending’ options.
One of the latest trends in RSVPs is to have an e-mail RSVP. It is getting very popular to use dedicated e-mail addresses for guests to reply to the invitation and get it printed with the RSVP date. It is truly an effective idea because it is eco-friendly medium that helps in saving paper and print.
Bio: Alexander Louis is an event manager in an event management firm in Washington. With almost four years of diverse experience, he is now confident in handling any type of event, right from business parties to wedding ceremonies. Alexander has recently planned wedding for his own friend during which he personally took care of the venue decorations, personalized wedding announcements, and catering. Alexander is now planning to conduct big events such as those for the local political parties and charitable institutions. These are the only two domains for which Alexander has never planned any event. So, he is excited about it and wishes to gain one project in near future.
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