Post # 1
I’m almost done designing our invites, and am happy with them— but FH has expressed doubts about the response card. In order to force people to write us a note (and their names), I was planning on a standard-sized notecard with “Kindly reply by XXXX” on the top. No “M_____” or accepts/declines lines with check marks, or __ places in your honor, or anything like that. We’ve received invites with this kind of response card before, and I thought it was cute and pretty clear, but what do you all think?
(I’m not really worried about people bringing uninvited children etc.)
Post # 3
so…. it’ll just be totally blank? except that one line at the top?
Will you be addressing and stamping the other side?
My worry would be people choosing alternative means of responding – i.e. through facebook, email, text message, calling you, etc. instead of returning the card.
Post # 4
I’m assuming you’re also including stamped addressed envelopes, for the notecards to go in? Mine were sort of like this– Kindly respond by xxx at the top, but then I also had Accepts___ Declines ___ at the bottom, with plenty of space for a note in the middle. I will say that some people found them confusing– we got a lot of blank cards that were checked Accept on the bottom, but didn’t have any names or note written in the middle. If you do it this way, I would definitely recommend that you pencil in a small number on the back, so if you get a blank one back, you will be able to tell that #42 is actually Aunt Agnes.
Post # 5
Yes, we’re including a self-addressed, stamped envelope, so it should be obvious that the card is the reply method.
@jhpi— I can’t believe how common it is for people to just not write their names! I got myself a blacklight pen to number them, just in case, but I’m hoping that having a blank card will kind of force them to write out “Uncle Buck and I will be there… love Aunt Agnes” or whatever. We’ll see if it works out!
Post # 6
I can’t decide if this would be confusing or not. We had people write on our cards even though we had a line for names on them.
Post # 7
I know that’s the old school way to do reply cards, but I think you will confuse alot of people. “Ok, I need to reply…uh how?” The easier and more fool-proof you can make it the better. Create spaces for people to write the information you need to get from their response.
Post # 8
I got one like this and blogged about it since I thought it was random. I think it’s fun if you’re going, but try writing out nicely that you can’t come… “Thank you so much for the invitation! Unfortunately we have to regretfully decline…” Then I feel like I have to write why, and thank them again… it’s horrific. I prefer having check boxes and then space to write a note. Then I’d check no and write “Wish we could celebrate with you- can’t wait to see pictures!” or something like that.
Post # 9
Oh yea and I’m pretty sure we might have forgoten to put our names. That’s also awkward… you have to kind of sign it? Or write in 3rd person?
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
I think it could be confusing for some people. Unless you know your audience very well, I think it’s safer to go with a card that is more self-explanatory.
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@kjpugs: I’m following you now! I L.O.V.E. your rsvps! I’m doing something very similar with my profile picture here. 😉
Post # 13
I don’t think I’d like it. Sorry. I think you probably want to make things easier on your guests, not harder (or “forcing” them to write stuff.). I could check a box, or write a number on a line. But if I get something where I’d have to respond like I was writing a thank you note, that would probably annoy me a little. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if guests knew they had to put work in their response, that they’d put it in “the pile” to do later. Might get lost in the shuffle that way.