One of the biggest reasons you send an RSVP card is to see who is coming. Some of your guests may have horrible handwriting so we recommend that you discretely number the back of the rsvp card and match it with your guest name so you can easily figure out who sent it if you can't read it! Make sure this part is clear for your guests and that the date to RSVP is clear as well. Typically you will have your RSVP by date 1 month before the wedding.
If you are having a plated meal with a choice, be sure to include a place for your guests to select their meal - beef, chicken, fish, vegetarian. You do not need to include the sides. If you are not having a choice, or even if you are, your caterer or venue will most likely want to know any allergies or dietary restrictions of your guests, so add a location for guests to note that.
Now you will soon find out that not everyone is great at RSVPing, even with a self addressed stamped envelope, but you need to make it as easy as possible and be sure to include this important piece for your guests to get it back in the mail ASAP!
Looking to save on the return envelope, include a small card to have your guests RSVP online. Your wedding website may allow for it or there are sites like eventbrite.com that allow for you to set-up a place for your guests to RSVP. Check out their free event planning tools that may come in handy!
Your RSVP card can be used for other activities that weekend as well. Having a welcome reception? Have your guests also note that they are coming on one RSVP card to save on paper and stamps!
Get your guests excited for the wedding and have some fun with them on the RSVP card! Ask them for a song that would get them on the dance floor, ask them for a date night idea or what their favorite candy is for a candy station.
Like we mentioned earlier, not everyone RSVPs right away. You will most likely have to follow up with some guests after the RSVP by date to confirm if they are coming or not, so be prepared and be patient!