I think it’s amazing how much information is packed into so few lines:
We set the date one month before our wedding. This should give us enough time to hunt down those famous stragglers without being too stressed about it.
Names & Attendance
Although “M_________” is traditional, I chose to be explicit and called it “Name(s).” I felt that “M___” would be very confusing for those unfamiliar with the tradition, such as our Japanese guests. “Names” translates universally without mistake. For the “yay or nay” part we stayed traditional.
Since not everyone enjoys the same food, we’ll have three different entrées. Everyone should be able to pick something that they like. We also asked about special dietary consideration (which really is just a nicer way of saying “food allergies”), because we are aware that some people on our guest list DO have them. (We asked ahead of time—our venue’s kitchen will accommodate special requests.)
I liked the idea that by adding a personal message, the RSVP would be more than a piece of paper with check marks to be thrown out after the wedding. My source of inspiration was Mrs. Lioness’s RSVP (see here and here). I tweaked her wording a bit to read “Please use the reverse of this card to provide well-wishes, family recipes, whimsical doodles, or marriage advice.”
What are you including on your RSVP?
Catch up on our wedding invitation details: