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Today we have another #weddingwednesday tip for you guys! This particular topic was one of HIGH stress for me, and I am hoping to eliminate some of that stress for you guys in your wedding planning!

RSVP cards!Tips for Wedding RSVP Cards

Yes, that’s right! The dreaded RSVP cards! Why is this “simple” part of wedding planning so painful? It should be simple right, just check a box if you are attending a wedding or not, and send the card back!

Simple right?

But, this process causes a lot of stress for so many wedding couples!

So, I am hoping these tips for your wedding RSVP cards will eliminate some of that stress for you!

5 Tips for Wedding RSVP CardsTips for Wedding RSVP Cards


The timing of when you send your RSVP cards is the BIGGEST key to eliminate stress from the couple! If you send these out too early, they will be forgotten about! Send them out too late, and you are stressed because you have not given your friends and family enough time to commit! This is one big reason why I highly recommend sending out Save the Dates, but that’s for another blog post!

Typically, you want to send your RSVP cards out 6-8 weeks before your wedding date, with a deadline to respond 3-4 weeks. This way, you are not giving your friends and family much time to sit on the RSVP, lose it, etc. This also gives you plenty of time to follow up if necessary. For destination weddings, I recommend you send your RSVP cards out 2-3 months in advance, with a deadline of 6- 8 weeks before you wedding.Tips for Wedding RSVP Cards

Be organized

Being organized with your RSVP cards is another big one! One thing I recommend brides to do is to create a spreadsheet of all of the RSVPs, with addresses and numbers as well. When you send out the RSVP’s, make sure you number the cards that matches the number on the spreadsheet! This will help if people forget to add their address to the return envelope or don’t put their name on the RSVP card. Yes, it does happen!

Tips for Wedding RSVP Cards

Give Options

Let’s be real, even with these tips, people will simply not send the card back for a variety of reasons. Believe me, you spent money on these RSVP’s, you want to see them come back to you! But, I think if you embrace technology and give options, it will cause you a lot less headache in the long run. So, on your RSVP card in the notes, leave an email address or wedding website that you can have them also go on and RSVP as well! The Knot is great for this! I know it may not be what you wanted when you sent out RSVP cards, but the goal is to find out who is coming to your wedding, how you get that count isn’t as important!

Tips for Wedding RSVP Cards

Don’t forget the Prepay Postage

If you are sending RSVP cards the traditional way, don’t forget to prepay for postage on the reply cards! This is a common curtesy to do, and you don’t want a stamp to be a reason that they do not send back the RSVP cards! Make sure you have the proper amount of postage as well!

Tips for Wedding RSVP Cards

Follow up kindly

It is ok to follow up with your guest! I always say to follow up kindly, instead of going bridezilla on them! Sometimes, people do simply forget! A nice nudge text or even pick up the phone and give them a call is the way to go!Tips for Wedding RSVP Cards

**Add a line on the bottom for a song request– This one is really just for fun! It will make your guests feel like they were part of the wedding when they hear a song that they requested play at the reception! You can give that list to the DJ, and when they play that song, they could even announce who its from (depending on how many people you have!)**

**Don’t forget to save a set of your RSVP cards and invitations to bring with you on your wedding day so they can be photographed with your wedding details!Tips for Wedding RSVP Cards

That’s it! I hope these tips help you out during your final months of wedding planning! RSVP cards can be tricky, but they don’t have to be!

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  1. Stephan says:

    I spent a lot of time to find something like this

  2. Pilar says:

    Thanks for the great article

  3. Eloisa says:

    Thanks, it’s quite informative


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