(Closed) RSVP Dietary Requirements

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What would YOU do??
    Just ask about vegetarian : (8 votes)
    16 %
    Ask about some requirements (specify?) : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Ask about all requirements : (6 votes)
    12 %
    Allow them to tick options : (4 votes)
    8 %
    Ask them to detail them in a space for writing : (27 votes)
    55 %
    Other? : (3 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    7219 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We had a vegetarian option of the RSVP card but besides that we didn’t address or ask about other dietary issues. I think the list of dietary requirements is way too long to address everything. If you want to put something on there, I would just include a line that says “Please inform us of any dietary restrictions.” However, I have never actually seen an invite that says this, I think it is typically assumed.

    Post # 4
    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2018

    We will be having little checkboxes for vegan/vegetarian, lactose free, gluten free, nut allergies and “other” with a line below for them to explain

    Post # 5
    32 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I have lots of family members who are vegan and many friends who cannot have gluten. I sent out invites with a small card in them saying we had a wedding webiste with information on which hotel we blocked off rooms ect. On that website we had a whole page just for dietary restrictions, and people could send up a private message via the website. I found this made making invites/the invites wording a lot simpler.

    I used http://www.mywedding.com, it was really easy to use.

    Hope this helps πŸ˜€

    Post # 6
    2115 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @LeopardPrintBee:  I said other, make a note saying to call you, *insert number here * if you have any dietary restrictions. I think leaving an open box will get a lot of, I don’t like this, he won’t eat broccoli, she wants a kids meal. Calling takes more effort. Those with actual restrictions will call or contact you with their concerns. If anything just have a box asking if there are any and to contact you to give more detail. Then, if they forget, you can call them.

    Post # 7
    1681 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would just write, “dietary restrictions?” Followed by a line.

    Post # 8
    6215 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I just wrote “dietary restrictions” followed by space for them to fill it in. So far the only things we’ve gotten are “vegetarian” and “no pork or beef” so it’s worked out pretty well

    Post # 9
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Invitiations I receive usually just say ‘please advise any dietary requirements’.

    Post # 10
    666 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I had choices with tick boxes, but just for the chicken, pork, and vegetarian.  Below I had a line, “please let us know of any dietary restrictions.”  

    We didn’t specifically indicate to write them on the RSVP, but thougth the people could contact us email, phone, website, etc, but there was a little space left on the card, and we found that people did write their dietary restrictions underneath.  Our RSVP was a postcard, so if they wrote too low the barcode the USPS put came close to covering some of them, but we luckily we didn’t have any that we couldn’t read.


    Post # 11
    1772 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I would only ask about vegetarians. Vegans or ppl with actual allergies will write a note (even without a space) or contact you. Leaving a blank gives too much leeway for ppl to list mere preferences and expect you to meet them. 

    Post # 12
    8694 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    on our response cards, people can select if they would like filet mignon, crabcake, or vegetarian.  if they have additional restrictions or requirements, hopefully they will either write on the back of the response card or call me personally to let me know.


    Post # 14
    905 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Our RSVP cards are blank on the back, so we have a note at the bottom of the front asking guests to detail any dietary restrictions on the back. We already know that we have vegetarians, a vegan, a peanut butter allergy, gluten free, and a shellfish allergy invited. I’m sure there are more that we’re unaware of… Personally, I’m allergic to raspberries, so we’ll be leaving those off the menu as well.

    Post # 15
    1144 posts
    Bumble bee

    @LeopardPrintBee:  We included a line at the bottom of our RSVP for Allergies/Dietary resctrictions. Based on the ones we’ve gotten back, those who have some really appreciated the fact that we took the time to ask.

    Post # 16
    268 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I had set up an online RSVP since most of my guests are computer geeks and there was a field for allergy/diet restrictions.  For the handful of older guests, I just had them write it on their RSVP card.  Since I was having a buffet, I didn’t want to accidently kill someone.


    I didn’t have a problem with picky eaters since we literally had something for everyone.


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