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Picks on Paper - RSVP Response Cards Wednesday, January 25, 2012 ~ 9:27 a.m.

When considering the design, style and content of your wedding invitations, remember that one of the greatest and most popular elements to inject your personality into is the RSVP, or response cards. Interestingly enough, it's also one of the first things that gets cut or scaled back for budgetary reasons. RSVP postcards, rather than separate cards and envelopes are a popular method to help couples save money on both the postage and paper. I personally opted for postcards, and I thought that it worked out beautifully! But however you choose to design and present your RSVP cards, adding a little humor or "pizzazz" to the wording of your response cards is a great idea that I really encourage all brides to consider; no matter how fancy your invitations may be!

There really are no rules when it comes to the wording of your RSVP cards, as long as there is a clear "Yes" and "No" option for your guests to check off. One of the first things you should consider is what information you'd like to get from your guests. Even the most standard RSVP cards typically ask whether or not the recipient will be attending, and how many people (of those who are invited, of course ;) will be in his/her party. You should also include an "RSVP by" date that falls at least a few weeks before you need to report a final head count to your wedding venue. Beyond that, you could also ask for their meal choices, leave space for your guests to write a personal note or leave advice, or even ask recipients to suggest a song to add to the reception playlist! Just keep in mind that most brides have trouble collecting RSVP's as it is, so don't make it too complicated!

Personal Notes & Song Requests

Wedding RSVP cards
Fourth Year Studio via Oh So Beautiful Paper | & Katherine Design via Oh So Beautiful Paper | Love22

Loosen Up!

Or rather than adding more content to your response cards, you may just want to change up the traditional wording that's already there. Make it funny, light hearted or just less "stuffy" than the traditional wording. Here are some fun examples.

Response card ideas
Response card ideas
Hello! Lucky | Gus & Ruby Letterpress via Oh So Beautiful Paper | Oh So Beautiful Paper | Studio SloMo via Oh So Beautiful Paper | Wit + Delight via Oh So Beautiful Paper | Crafte Design | Paisley Quill via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Madlib RSVP Cards

Speaking of light hearted, how about a madlib response card? Even if it's just a sentence or two, your guests will get into it, and it will definitely give you a reason to save those response cards well beyond the wedding day!

Madlib RSVP cards
Eunice Kindred via Best Destination Wedding | Style Me Pretty | The Sketchy Pencil

Destination Wedding and Travel Themed Response Cards

If you happen to be having a travel themed or a destination wedding, you're in luck, because there are some really amazing ideas out there! I personally went with a more beach-y theme and used: "Yes, our bags are packed!" and "No, we burn easily."

Destination wedding invitations
Paper and Thread Studio via A Paper Proposal

Some other cute travel and destination wedding RSVP card ideas I came across are below :)

Destination wedding and travel themed response cards
Lucky Luxe via Oh So Beautiful Paper | Lion in the Sun

Get Creative!

As my fifth pick, I thought I would just include all of the other great response cards that I've come across - some are themed to the wedding, while some are just plain fun, out-of-the-box and really personalized to the special couple.

RSVP cards
Salt + Pepper Press via Oh So Beautiful Paper | The Ritzy Bee | Wood & Grain | The Mandate Press via Oh So Beautiful Paper | The Creative Parasol via Oh So Beautiful Paper | Hammer Press via The Ritzy Bee | Wit + Delight via Oh So Beautiful Paper

I just love these flow chart themed wedding invitations, too!

RSVP cards
Three Fifteen Design via Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Holly Cromer (Blacksburg, VA Photographer)

Jan 26, 2012 6:01 AM

I love the wooden one with the bird in the first collection! A piece of wood will last much longer than having guests write on a piece of paper.