Extra invitation info
It’s a great idea to include some useful additional information in your wedding invitations.
It is not correct to refer to morning dress on an invitation, although other forms of dress, such as black tie or lounge suites, are fine.
Reply cards and envelopes
It's not essential to include a reply card in your invitation, and is perfectly acceptable to expect guests to use their own stationery to reply. However, a good way of getting responses quickly is to include a card that can be completed and posted back to you. You could also include a stamped, addressed envelope.
You can have small cards printed with the invitations so that all guests need to do is delete appropriately. For example:
We would love to attend/will be unable to attend
the wedding of (bride and groom) on...
Slightly more formal wording could be:
is/are pleased to accept your kind
Invitation to the marriage of your
Daughter, (bride's Christian names) to
Mr. (groom's Christian names and surname)
On (day and date)
There could also be options for:
- stating any dietary requirements or allergies
- writing in the total number of family members who will be attending
- stating whether the guest will be attending both the ceremony and reception.
Printing costs can be high so, as an alternative, you could buy a set of ready-printed RSVP cards, or just buy plain inserts and print them yourself.
It's also a good idea to add a date by which you would like to receive the replies. The wording for this could be 'the favour of a reply is requested before (date)'. You need to give yourself the maximum amount of time to invite other people if you find you've got the space, and to organise seating plans and place cards. A sensible date is one or two months before the event, or whatever makes sense for your arrangements. After this date, start ringing around any stragglers to get their answer.