(Closed) Can I forgo response cards?

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would. We only have about 40-50 guests and we’re just doing e-mail RSVP. Saves money on postage and lets people procrastinate!

Post # 4
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

you sure can

Post # 5
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Having a small wedding as well, only 50 invited guests. We asked them to RSVP on our wedding website or via phone. Works as a charm so far!

Post # 6
1689 posts
Bumble bee

By all means, forego the inelegancy of reply cards! They are a kludge borrowed from conference pre-registration forms, to try to increase the rate of replies. Formal traditional people do not use them anyway: we throw them in the recycling and write a polite note of repy in our own handwriting on our own stationery and mail them in our own envelope with our own stamp. So if your goal is to be formal or proper, you should not have reply cards.

If your goal were to simply get replies, you still might not see any benefit in using reply cards. Modern non-traditional people will email or phone quite happily if given that option. Casual people who cannot be bothered to reply will not reply anyway. So, what does a bride have to gain from using them?

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