Fun RSVP Wording

In my last post I showed you our at home reception invitations I have started working on. They are coming along great (wait until you see them!) but I am stuck on the RSVP wording. The traditional styles of wordings are just not the fun atmosphere we want this party to be. I have seen a few really fun styles that I L-O-V-E!

One of the first ones I fell for was Mrs. Nacho’s:


Mrs. Nacho’s

When I read her post I LOLed. I love the personalized nature of the choices. “Better than a Saturday night at Denny’s”—awesome.

Of course there is also the ever popular Mad Libs wording:



I like this but how many of our guests have never even heard of Mad Libs? I know that some of my aunts and uncles would be a bit confused. That search though let me to find the Be There With Bells On wording:


I really do love this but once again I am worried about confusing guests.

Or I could ditch all those ideas and go with a traditional yes/no style but add some fun wording (ala Mrs. Sand Dollar).


Mrs. Sand Dollar’s

GAHHH! There are just so many options I am not sure what to go with. I want them to be unique without confusing everyone or being seen as overly silly.



Mrs. Meerkat

Kalamazoo, MI/Riviera Maya
Wedding Date:
December 2010
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    Jill, Guest @ 9:02 am

    Those are all cute! And I don’t think your guests would be confused. We used something similar to the bell wording for our online RSVPs (“cannot attend…have bell phobie”) which we loved, and our guests are finding hilarious. I’m sure your guests will adore whatever you choose!

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 9:06 am

    That bells one is fantastic!
    I remember reading a few other Bees’ posts about how pleasantly surprised they were by the reaction to non-traditional response cards. If there’s a fun, kooky idea that you and Mr. Meekrat love, I think you should go for it.

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:07 am

    I really do love the “bells” one, I think it’s hilarious and I think everyone will get it, don’t think it’s confusing!

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    Katy, Guest @ 9:15 am

    Maybe I’m dumb…but I don’t get the bell thing? I’ve heard someone say it and I’ve tried to look it up….what exactly does it mean to “be there with bells”

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:21 am

    @Katy: You’re not dumb at all. 😛 Its a really old saying dating back to the days of horse and carriage where people would place bells on the horses when they got ready to go out to a party. My mom is in her 60’s and it was a really popular saying when she was growing up.

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    thefunkyjunkie 18 posts, Newbee @ 9:36 am

    We’ve been trying to figure out how to nicely put on our response cards that we’re not really encouraging people to bring guests…unless it’s a significant other. The first one has a great idea to say “we have reserved 1 seat for you”. Thanks for the inspiration!


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    mamahusky3 1342 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:49 am

    Mrs. Meerkat : I read your invitation post as well and just wanted to say I love the storybook idea!!! we are doing something similar….though we’re doing just graphics and years along one side of the invite….so like, 1985 – PapaHusky was born September 10th….1985 – MamaHusky was born September 27th….1999 – They met in school….and so forth up until 2011 – they marry or wed or something like that…. we’re still working on the wording…lol anyways, i love your idea and can’t wait to see the final results!! as for your rsvp….i have a suggestion, since the last page of your storybook invite will be along the lines of a “new chapter”….maybe for your rsvps, you could do something along those same lines …. yes could be “we’d love to be a part of the start of your new chapter” or “will be there with pen in hand” or something like that …

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    missmature 239 posts, Helper bee @ 10:08 am

    we are doing:
    cake and bubbly here we come
    sorry to have to miss the fun!

    Fun and cute and not too complicated!

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    canadianbacon 202 posts, Helper bee @ 10:17 am

    I love fun RSVP wording. I think no matter what you choose, you should love it and don’t worry too much about other folks. They will catch on.

    Here are my options, if it helps:

    – Happily attend
    – Regretfully decline
    – Regretfully attend
    – Enthusiastically decline
    – Will decline to respond but ultimately attend at the last minute

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    Katy, Guest @ 10:17 am

    @Mrs. Meerkat: Thanks so much! I’ve heard people say it…and just kind of assumed what it meant but it’s great to know the ACTUAL meaning!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:23 am

    @MamaHusky3: Oh. Mah. Gawd. Yes!! I love this. Tonight after work I am going to try the ones you suggested and see how it works!! Thank you!!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:36 am

    We were also worried about confusing our guests! We ended up going with traditional wording, but I so wanted to do the Mad Libs RSVP. As a guest I also like the bells one; I’d be tempted to literally come with a bell on (temporarily, of course – I wouldn’t jingle about the entire night).

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    KimberlyA 6 posts, Newbee @ 11:04 am

    I just did my rsvp cards last night and now I’m upset because I like the mad libs way better than the ones I did. I ripped off an idea I saw somewhere else.
    “YES! I enjoy cake and fun!
    NO! __(insert creative excuse)__
    PANTS! I’m confused and don’t know what to do!
    # of people attending
    Rate your level of excitement from 1 to 100″

    I really like the last one, but I’m worried that people won’t understand the PANTS! thing. It doesn’t mean anything, it’s just nonsense, so we’ll see.

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    DCSquared 1727 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:46 am

    These are all super cute!!

    Ours say

    We have reserved one seat in your honor.
    ____is/are looking forward to dining, dancing, and celebrating
    ____has/have to miss the fun
    Please respond by June 4, 2011.

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:13 pm

    @MamaHusky3: I totally read this wrong and thought your mister was born in 1985, and you were born in 1999! I was very concerned that a 12-year old was on Weddingbee and planning a wedding!! Hahaha. I then read it correctly. Your invites sound adorable!

    I’m going to put it out there that a lot of people were confused with my wording. I thought it was super simple, but apparently South Texas isn’t known for understanding originality 😉 I don’t regret it, my RSVP’s are still so fun to me when I look at them!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:19 pm

    @KimberlyA: ROFL! I would totally be the one to pick pants if I got the RSVP. 😛

    @Mrs. Sand Dollar: Thanks SD! Knowing that even though there was confusion you still are happy you did it helps.

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    CrunchieBar 56 posts, Worker bee @ 1:26 pm

    My entire office is giggling over “the bells” since that’s what we say to each other almost everyday on our way out the door.

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    rubymae 19 posts, Newbee @ 2:09 pm

    certainly clever!!!

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    cinnamonbun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:11 pm

    We’re just trying to figure out fun wording for our RSVPs! We want about 6 options. I’m trying to figure out if there’s a way to work books in there, because I’ve seen some great themed ones, like ‘Deal me in!’ for a poker-themed wedding. Can’t quite wrap my brain around it yet, so I think I may make it a post!

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    periwinkle, Guest @ 2:49 pm

    I’m still cracking up over the bells. Love that.

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    shannag, Guest @ 5:06 pm

    I’m with everyone else who loves the “with bells on” idea. It’s fabulous and funny and I think a lot of people will get it. If they don’t, they can always ask, right?

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    A Paper Proposal 15 posts, Newbee @ 8:47 pm

    For my response card for our destination wedding, we did, “Yes! Our bags are packed!” and “Sorry, we burn too easily.” We received a lot of compliments on them, because most people just use the standard response card wording.

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    missmouse29 2998 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:25 pm

    These are all great! I love how fun they are rather than the typical straight forward yes/no rsvps one generally sees.

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    shericamarie 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:55 pm

    we did simple but fun (at least we thought it was fun)
    name will be
    _ there
    _ square

    good luck – can’t wait to see what you pick

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    ktisthatbees 1686 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:09 pm

    I’m loving the bells version the best!

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    CrolsGalatea 72 posts, Worker bee @ 3:27 pm

    I love the bells one! Reminds me a lot of Monty Python ^_^ I think I might need to borrow this idea…
    Though if I go full Monty Python on it I might confuse people about Llamas lol ;p

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:09 pm

    Can I vote for them all??

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:16 pm

    @Mrs. Husky: ROFL! Yes you can. 😉

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    vannajo911 1 posts, Wannabee @ 8:23 pm

    @Miss Cinnamon Bun: please let me know if you happen to get any replys, the only one ive seen is regular wording of some sort, but then it says __all in or ___i fold. just a little line for someone to check. i loved it, but i wanted something else to put on my rsvp. its been so hard planning a poker themed wedding for us :-(

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    StephanieC, Guest @ 6:05 pm

    This is absolutely fantastic.

    We have just literally sent out most of our invitations using Google Docs online… then I saw the bells thing for the wording we are using for our immediate family and the people we know who are not tech-savvy.

    That is hilarious. I have updated the online forms to include
    – will be there with bells on
    – unable to attend, bell phobia

    Thanks so much! It;s hilarious! I am so not fond of tradition!

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    PeskyCritters, Guest @ 8:58 pm

    Lots of fun ideas. I was looking for a clever RSVP to what I hope will not offend Mother’s invited to a baby shower I am hosting. I really think having children running around take away from the new Mom2B’s Day. You’ll see what I “borrowed”…

    This is a time for Adults to dine & play,
    Children will be invited to
    Baby Jack’s 1st Birthday!

    We have reserved 1 seat for you!
    Kindly call with Regrets Only.

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    therealmrsreis, Guest @ 11:50 am

    How about….
    ___Will Be There with Party Pants on
    ___Will Be There with no Pants on
    ___ Neither we or our pants will be attending

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    Vonda Sutton, Guest @ 4:08 pm

    I love the pants one.. cause I am just different, but as a girly girl I love the bells cause I grew up hearing that one, these are my two favorites so far

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    Vonda Sutton, Guest @ 6:07 pm

    We finally decided to go with the bells

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