(Closed) Response Card Wording

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

SO, if you don’t mind me asking, why are they not checking off a dinner choice?? I have been struggling lately with my menu options (buffet, plated meal or I can create my own with a choice of 2 entrees for guests.) I am in love with one of the plated options, but it means every guest will be eating the same thing and I too will not have any dinner choice on their response card. Is that why you aren’t putting a choice on yours?? My invitations will say Cocktails and Formal Reception to follow, or something of that nature, so that guests know they are invited to the ceremony and reception. I hope that helps!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@BlueChampagne: do you really think people would come for the ceremony and not the reception? I have never heard of this, so I just didn’t worry about it. Here is my response card. 

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Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

you could provide an information card of the time and place of the reception, that way everyone knows they are invited, and also how to get there since it’s at a different location.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i think most people associate the RSVP card with the reception but just in case you could do maybe put Reception Immediately following the ceremony (or whatever time it starts) or you could do a reception card…thats what we did that said Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing immeddiately following the Ceremony at (the address) then i put info on how to book rooms and directions to the reception – then i included  and additional RSVP card that they send back to me that says accept regrets. etc.

Reception Immediately following the Ceremony

The favor of your reply is requested on or before _______

___Accepts ___Regrets(you could get creative with these like CorgiTales did! love it)

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@BlueChampagne: we are doing a catholic mass as well though our gap isnt huge. we get married at 3 and cocktails start at 5. so technically an hour in between but that give them time to get to the reception location and stuff.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I guess if you’re worried you could just make it clear at the top of the RSVP? Something like: Please indicate if you will be joining us for our reception at _____. Number of guests attending reception: ___

 

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Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i’ve never heard of someone attending the ceremony but not reception. i like corgi’s wording…”number of guests attending reception:___”

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I also think that most people understand that you are asking for attendance for the reception, not just the ceremony and I think that if people were intending only to come for the ceremony and not the reception, they would let you know. 

We had several events (wedding weekend thing), so it’s not quite the same, but ours said something like: 

The favor of your response is requested by X date. 

Names (s)_________________________________

Number attending: 

___ dinner reception

        ___ morning after brunch

___ regrets

I suppose you could do “Number attending: ___ ceremony and ___ reception” but I think that’s a little strange. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Unless you have a lot of 22 year old single guys coming, I think you can safely assume that everyone knows an RSVP card is for the reception!

For church weddings, invitation suites traditionally would have a separate reception card, indicating the time and address, enclosed along with the RSVP card.  Some guests might only receive the invitation to attend the actual ceremony (no RSVP), while the remainder would receive the additional reception details.  These days, it’s more typical to invite all your guests and the wording may be noted on the invitation itself. 

If you are still worried that people won’t get it, you could put a line at the top that says something like “We are looking forward to celebrating with you at VENUE!”

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I don’t think its an issue. I have never received an invitation with a dinner option. I always know the response card is asking if you are coming to the reception as they obviously need to know number of plates.

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