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Wedding RSVP Etiquette | Wedding Wednesday

A photographer's advice for responding to RSVPs + wedding RSVP etiquette with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

September 15, 2021

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A photographer's advice for responding to RSVPs + wedding RSVP etiquette with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.On this Wedding Wednesday, we’re focusing on wedding RSVP etiquette!

I’ll be the first to say it – Wedding RSVP etiquette can be a tricky, stressful topic for many couples. All too often, I hear of couple’s stress and frustration over RSVPs for their wedding day… Late responses, NO response from some, guests adding people to the guest list, and more.

So today, I want to offer a little advice about wedding RSVP etiquette!

First, please RSVP. Yes, that’s right – please respond to the invitation! RSVPs are sent out for a reason. The couple sent the invitation to you with the sole purpose of YOUR RESPONSE! My advice? Respond as soon as possible. If you have a few spare minutes after opening the invitation in the mail – prepare your RSVP to put back in the mail right then! The sooner you respond, the less time there is for you to overlook the RSVP or let it get buried in a stack of mail causing you to forget to respond. If all else fails, be sure to respond by the RSVP deadline listed on the invite. 

Second, please only RSVP for those listed on the addressed invitation. It’s very important to be considerate of whether the invitation is addressed to the entire family (including children), just the couple, or if the invitation offers a guest/date, too.

Third, please note what you’re invited to. Some invitations list that you are invited to only the ceremony, only the reception or both the ceremony and reception, so play close attention. Sometimes the ceremony venue has limited space or the couple simply wants an intimate ceremony with family; therefore, they choose to only invite some guests to the reception. Whatever the case may be, be sure you pay attention to this when the invitation is delivered to you!

At the end of the day, it’s always up to the couple to decide who is invited to the wedding – um, hello, it’s their wedding day! They are surely so excited to celebrate with you… So, RSVP in a timely and suitable manner and get ready to celebrate alongside the newlyweds!

 

A photographer's advice for responding to RSVPs + wedding RSVP etiquette with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.P.S. – Want more wedding planning advice + encouragement? Read more here!

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