This week, we are focusing on RSVPs! All too often, I hear of couple’s stress and frustration over RSVPs for their wedding day. So today, I want to offer a little advice about RSVP etiquette!
First of all, please respond… Yes, you read that right – respond! RSVPs are sent out for a reason, and the bride and groom send it with the sole purpose of your response! My advice? Respond as soon as possible. Maybe you have a few minutes after opening the invitation in the mail – do it then! The sooner you respond, the less time there is for you to overlook the RSVP or forget to respond. If all else fails, be sure respond by the RSVP deadline listed on the invite.
Second… Please, please, please, only RSVP for those invited on the addressed invitation. Be considerate of whether the invitation is addressed to the entire family (including children), just Mr. & Mrs., or if the invitation offers a guest/date for you, too.
Third – Please pay attention as to whether you are invited to only the reception or both the ceremony and reception. Sometimes the ceremony venue is small with little space, or the couple simply wants an intimate ceremony, so they choose to only invite some guests to the reception. Whatever the case may be, be sure you are aware of this when the invitation is delivered to you!
Ultimately, it’s up the couple to decide who is invited to the wedding, and they are surely so excited to celebrate with you! RSVP in a timely and appropriate manner, and get ready to shower the newlyweds with love and celebration!