- 9 years ago
So we are inviting some single people with guests and some without. Basically, all of our single friends are invited with guest, but single relatives and single friends of our families are not. Does that make sense? We have lots of reasons for doing it this way, but I’ll spare you the details.
So my question is about wording the response card. On the inside envelope, we plan to write either "The Smith Family" for families, "John Smith" for singles invited without a guest, "John Smith and guest" for singles invited with guest, and "John Smith and Sally Jones" for couples. This makes it pretty clear who is invited, I think. But on the RSVP/response card, it says Name(s) and then a line to write the names. My feeling is that if they are invited without a guest, they will just write their name and understand that the (s) is there for families, etc. If they are invited with a guest, they’ll write their name and the name of their guest, or just their name if they decide not to bring one. And families/couples will write the names of people who plan to attend. I think this eliminates the need for an additional line that says # of guests. Do you agree? Or do I still need to include that line to get an accurate count, even though I run the risk of people filling in a 2 if they weren’t invited with a guest.
I am just thinking that if we leave off the # of guests line, and people mess up, they’ll err on the side of not writing in the name of their guest if they were invited with one. In that case, I’ll have to call them, but it will be a more positive call, inviting them to bring a guest if they want. If I include the # of guests line, people will mess up by adding more people than are invited, and then it will be an awkward call telling them they can’t bring a guest.