Post # 1
I’ve read a decent amount of threads about guests not being able to answer RSVPs because they are confusing, and then calling the Bride and Groom to ask, “How should I fill this out?” So before I order my RSVP cards, I wanted to do a test-run.
How would you fill in the blanks on this card? (Note: I would put 1 or 2 in the seats blank)
Post # 3
I’d put the persons names, as requested, with whether 1 or 2 can accept or need to decline. I’d also indicate how many (1 or 2) wanted each entree choice.
Post # 4
Number the back of the cards and have the number correspond with who it is being sent to. We had a ton come back annon. Major headache. Otherwise I think they’re fine.
Post # 5
@DanceawaytheNight: I think having both “please respond” and “please reply” redundant.
I also dislike being told how I feel about accepting or declining. I have at times accepted with regret/dread, and declined with pleasure. I like a simple accepts/ declines.
If you really want to avoid extra guests you could include lines where you write the names in and then they just tick yes or no for each name.
Post # 6
if some, but not all, of the ppl invited through one invitation come, you won’t know who’s coming and who isnt. if they order different meals, you won’t know who’s ordering which. Just mentioning those in case they matter to you and you’d need or want to know. And, yes, if you aren’t writing names in, number them for those who forget to write names.
Post # 7
@Shkragoldfish: Actually, trying to figure out who orders what is what I’m trying to do with the words “Initial entree choice”- but that isn’t working well is it.
Does anyone know a better way? Or will I just have to resort to calling people?
Post # 8
I think it’s pretty clear but I guess not everyone does, lol.
Fill in your name(s), choose accept/decline, and initial next to the meal choice you want. Yes?
Post # 10
We also asked people to initial and not everyone did. We just assigned the meals randomly (within the couple) and figured that they could just switch if needed. Also, I think this is very simple. Ours looked almost exactly like this and we had absolutely no problems (outside out people just numbering the meal choices instead of initialing them).
Post # 11
@MrsBeck: So good to hear! Thank you MrsBeck!
Post # 12
@andielovesj: This; not keen on the wording and having both ‘respond’ and reply’; esp with the ‘please reply’ being SO big.
We’re giving each guest an RSVP card. That way a) it is crystal clear who is and isn’t invited (so, no-one adding their children/aunt/dog on there somewhere) and b) I think it will be easier for us when it comes to food and drink choices and seeing who’s selecting what.
To answer your actual question however about how I would complete it: I would fill in our names, tick accept/decline, and then put our initials (AF and RF) next to our choices; if we both chose the same, I would put both our initials next to that choice. If we had the same initials, I would differentiate eg by writing our first names next to our respective choices.
Post # 13
@Westwood: haha yes I feel the same way. Then I thought I was missing something when others were making this RSVP sound impossible to read.
OP, it’s very straight forward.
Post # 14
I dont get how it could possibly be difficult, but obviously some people won’t initial, even though it says initial…
@MrsBeck: I love this, assigning the couple randomly and letting them switch if need be is a great idea! They will probably correct the servers if they see theirs anyhow.
I like the big “please reply”, its a design not to be read as such. Could you perhaps fade it so it looks like part of the background, rather than being the same as the heading? 🙂
Post # 16
@DanceawaytheNight: I’ve seen some rsvp cards (the ones I like most) that have a separate line for the bride/sender to write in each invited name, with checkboxes for will attend, won’t attend, and for meal choice next to every name so it’s completely clear. I think this is best. I’ll see if I can find a pic.