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Your RSVP Card

Kelly Henry

 
Your RSVP Card // Uppercase Designs
 

One of the most essential components for your wedding invitation suite is the RSVP card. Also referred to as the response or reply card, the RSVP card is included with your invitation and how your guests will let you know if they will or will not be able to attend your wedding. A pre-stamped and pre-addressed envelope is included with the RSVP card in order to make it easy for your guests to send their response. Whether your wedding style is traditional or unconventional, you can stylize your RSVP cards so they stand out as a fun element of your invitation suite, yet continue to serve the primary function of obtaining an accurate guest count and guests’ entrée choices. Response card etiquette requires that the following information is included on the RSVP card.

What to Include on the RSVP Card

  • Accept and decline checkboxes.

  • A place for your guests to fill in the names of the people attending.

  • Entrée options for guests to select their meal choice. This will only be included on the RSVP card if you are offering multiple entrée options for a plated dinner.

  • Respond by date. I suggest the RSVP deadline should be 1 month out from your wedding date.

There is no “correct” way to word your RSVP cards. There are endless wording options to reflect the style of your wedding, whether it be formal or on the casual side. A traditional RSVP card might opt for the classic “Accepts” or “Regrets”, in addition to listing out the entrée options such as Chicken, Steak, or Vegetarian. An offbeat wedding response card might say something quirky like “Wouldn’t Miss It” or “Will Be There in Spirit” with entrée options depicted as an illustration of a chicken, cow, or vegetable.

The response card envelope, displaying the return address and postage, is sent to your guests with the response card so they can quickly and easily return their RSVP. If you wish to cut costs, I recommend saving a little money by sending out a postcard RSVP. RSVP postcards are a wonderful alternative to traditional response cards and envelopes. Postcards are even easier for guests to drop in the mail, though they may get a little dirty on their way back to you being that they aren’t protected by an envelope.

You may also want to consider numbering your response cards so even if a guest’s handwriting is illegible or she forgets to write her name, you will know who the card belongs to. Once you get your responses back in the mail, you will be able to give your caterer, venue, and any additional wedding professional a head count of expected attendees.


Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Kelly Henry

Wedding Invitation // Uppercase Designs

A great deal of etiquette is involved with all aspects of your wedding and that includes creating your wedding invitations. From when to send your invitations to the information that should be included, I have detailed all you need to know before sending out your save-the-dates and wedding invitations.

When to Send Invitations

I recommend couples send their save-the-dates at least 6-7 months before the wedding. Some may opt to send their save-the-dates even earlier since there’s no such thing as too much notice. Wedding invitations should be mailed to guests about 2 months in advance. If your wedding is taking place on a holiday weekend, consider sending out your invitations even further in advance to allow guests plenty of time to make plans and secure accommodations.

RSVP Deadline

The RSVP deadline for your guests should fall about 3-4 weeks prior to your wedding date. To avoid guests missing this important detail, I recommend making the date clear and prominent on the invitation. You may inevitably end up calling a few people who didn’t RSVP on time, but to ensure that as many guests RSVP as possible, always include a stamp on each RSVP envelope.

The Registry Rule

Registry information should never be listed on your save-the-date or invitation. Keep the focus away from gifts and instead direct your guests to your wedding website where you can provide them with all the need-to-know information, including where you are registered. I should mention one special caveat: bridal shower invitations. It’s perfectly acceptable to include your registry information on bridal shower invitations as the point of the event is to shower the bride with gifts.

Important Information to Include

The style and details of wedding invitations will vary from one couple to the next, but there are some things that remain constant. Basic information to include on all wedding includes the full names of the couple. The addition of the of parents names or those hosting the event is optional. Your invitations also need to detail the location and date of the wedding, in addition to RSVP information and accommodations.

You might be wondering how many pieces of paper you need to include in your invitation suite. The wedding invitation itself is imperative along with the RSVP card (unless you plan to have guests RSVP online). If your reception is being held in a separate location you may want to include a reception card. Finally, the directions and accommodations cards will also contain information your guests need to know. Some couples may opt to add a weekend itinerary, though this is information you can include on your wedding website if desired.


Dress up Your Wedding Invitations

Kelly Henry

Dress Up Your Wedding Invitations // Uppercase Designs

From the gown to the flowers and cake, so much goes into wedding planning. Don’t overlook the opportunity your invitations offer to further reflect and represent your unique and personalized wedding style. For those looking to enhance your invites, we have gathered our favorite assortment of affordable and distinct ways to dress up your wedding invitations.

1. Envelope Liner

Want to add the wow factor? Look no further than envelope liners. Guests will literally get their first glimpse of your wedding aesthetic when they carefully open your invitation envelope and take a peek inside at your pretty liner. Envelope liners are a fun way to add pattern, texture, color, or your monogram to your invitations.

2. Calligraphy

Whether handwritten or digitized, wedding invitations featuring calligraphy are endlessly chic. If your wedding is formal or even less traditional, calligraphy is the perfect way to add soft graceful flourishes to your invitations and envelope addressing. Not to mention your place cards, escort cards and day-of signage. If you want the elegant look and feel of calligraphy without the cost associated with this time-consuming and high specialized task, consider calligraphy in the form of printed typography. It’s just like the real thing for a fraction of the cost.

3. Wax Seals

Inspired by old-world elegance, wax seals are one of our favorite wedding invitation adornments. Wax seals are effortlessly romantic and available in an array of colors so you can select one that perfectly complements your invitation suite. The wax stamp can feature your first name initials, last name initials, or a personalized symbol that is special to you.

4. Silk Ribbon

Wedding invitations delicately wrapped with hand-tied silk ribbons offer a soft organic touch. Add this simple yet rich embellishment to your invitations for added depth and texture. Beautiful silk ribbons and bows are a unique finishing touch your guests are sure to notice.

5. Postage

Take your wedding stationery up a notch with individualized wedding invitation postage. Personalized postage offers complete originality with custom designs created to reflect your wedding invitation style. You can opt for a specialized motif or monogram featured in your desired color or font. These one-of-a-kind stamps are a special touch that will tie your entire wedding invitation suite together.

There are countless ways to embellish and individualize your wedding invitations so they stand out to your guests and reflect the style of your wedding. Even the smallest details surrounding your big day should be announced in impressive style, complete with unique adornments that reflect your personality as a new couple.


Most Common Wedding Invitation Mistakes

Kelly Henry

Most Common Wedding Invitation Mistakes // Uppercase Designs

Bad mistakes, I’ve made a few…is not a song lyric you want to be quoting after ordering your wedding invitations. As one of the most vitally important parts of your wedding, your invitations hold need-to-know information (like when and where you’re getting married) and they give your guests a glimpse into what to expect from your overall wedding aesthetic. Mistakes happen but with the proper amount of preparation, there’s no need to fall victim to common invitation pitfalls we see time and time again. Consider the following Most Common Wedding Invitation Mistakes so you can avoid them yourself.

MISSPELLINGS

When it comes to wedding invitations, don’t expect autocorrect to save you from all typos. Even spell check can’t always catch grammatical errors. Read over your invitations multiple times and take special care to double check the spelling of names. Involve your fiance, parents, or friends in reading the proofs so everyone can be on the lookout for mistakes. If you’re working with an invitation designer don’t assume they will serve as your copy editor. While they may be able to fix obvious mistakes, they won’t know the difference if you misspell a name.

NOT ORDERING ENOUGH

Having to order more invitations is not a good position to be in. Not only will it add unneeded stress to get the extra invitations to your guests on time, going back to print will cost you. Save yourself the trouble and order 15-20 percent more invitations than your guest list requires. You may need to resend invites that get lost in the mail, or you may want to invite additional guests that weren’t on your original guest list. We also recommend requesting extra envelopes, as addressing mistakes can happen.

FAILING TO TAKE THE ENTIRE AESTHETIC INTO CONSIDERATION

Remember to focus on your entire stationery suite and not just the wedding invitation. While the invitation will be the focus of your paper goods, the envelopes matter too. You can make a big impact on guests with stunning envelopes as it’s truly the very first thing they will see. Avoid using address labels that will cheapen the look of your invitations. There are so many options available for addressing your envelopes from printed envelopes to utilizing a stationer or calligrapher.

ORDERING TOO LATE

Ordering your save the dates or wedding invitations late will put undue stress on you and your invitation designer. If you’re sending out save-the-dates aim to have them sent to guests at least 6 months before the wedding. To determine when you need to send your invitations, Brides states “Look at your wedding date and count back eight weeks (for a non-destination wedding). This is the latest you should mail your invitations to give your guests enough time to RSVP and make any travel plans. Having a destination wedding? Count back 12 weeks so your guests don’t feel rushed and can shop around for the best travel prices.”

NOT TAKING PHOTOS OF YOUR STATIONERY SUITE

In all the preparation for the big day, it might not occur to you to have your wedding stationery suite available so your photographer can take photos of it. Some photographers may request you send them copies of your paper goods before the wedding day so they can capture the photos ahead of time. The invitation suite is a big part of your wedding and should be captured along with all the other important memories.

Avoid common wedding invitation mistakes by starting early, ordering extra invitations, and remember to proofread multiple times! Hiring an expert to design your wedding invitations can also greatly reduce the amount of work you will have to do navigating the ins and outs of wedding stationery etiquette and avoiding common mistakes.

photo by // Tim & Kylee Photography

Your First Wedding Stationery Meeting & What to Bring

Kelly Henry

You decided to hire a professional wedding stationery designer for your wedding invitations. Great choice! Your first meeting is scheduled with the designer - not sure what to bring with you, what questions will be asked, or what details you might forget during the meeting? Here are a few helpful tips to get you prepared for your first design consult.

Have a set wedding date and time.

I would suggest meeting with your stationery designer 6-7 months out from your wedding date. Your wedding invitations should be ordered 3-4 months in advance to allow time for assembly and addressing (I do offer assembly and addressing services to help assist in the process). Your wedding invitations should be mailed out 2 months prior to your wedding to allow adequate time for response cards to be returned.
Tip -  Will you be hosting a cocktail hour before the reception? You’ll want to note those details on the reception card.

Wedding venue secured.

The location for the ceremony and reception will help set the tone for your wedding. There are traditional request lines, one indicates the ceremony will be in a house of worship, the other that it will not.

Is your wedding formal or casual?

You don’t want your guests to show up at your wedding underdressed or overdressed for the event. Your invitation needs to reflect the formality of the event.

Wedding colors.

Please bring your wedding color swatch samples. This will help the designer determine the correct Pantone color match and coordinate paper samples.

The budget!

Often when I meet with brides they have no idea on a budget for their wedding invitations. This is so important, the last thing I want to do is show you print styles that are no where near your budget. I often present a good, better, best approach when my brides are not sure. This way the couple and parents can see and review the invitation costs. Most couples allocate 4-8% of their budget to paper details. Working with me, I will be able to guide your choices to help you stick to your budget.
Tip - Please don’t forget to include postage in your budget!

Quantity to order.

I often have couples tell me they are going to need 250 invitations when in reality they are inviting 250 guests. Make sure you understand the question and answer appropriately, this will affect your cost per invitation. My number one recommendation, order 5 - 10% extra invitations, if you have to put in for a reorder these will often cost you more due to the small reorder quantity.

Your wedding suite.

You will need to determine the appropriate pieces to include in your invitation suite. Possible stationery pieces include the invitation, a reception card if held at a different venue from the ceremony, a response card and accommodations card.

Envelopes.

Will you be sending inner and outer envelopes to your guest? (The inner envelope includes all guest names invited to the wedding, this is often omitted.) Do you prefer to have response cards returned in an envelope or would you like postcard style response cards? These are a few details to consider.

Addressing Envelopes.

Will you be hand addressing your envelopes? Some stationery designers do offer envelope printing. It is important to check on the preferred file formatting for this option with the stationer. Would you like to use a calligrapher for these services? Ask your stationery designer if they can refer a calligrapher.

What other stationery details do you need?

Wedding details always look so much more amazing if they are cohesive, using the same fonts, colors and paper. Check out It’s not just invitations blog for additional stationery ideas for your wedding day.

Your wedding stationery designer will walk you through all of the above points. Know your wedding style – using 3 to 4 words to describe your style. Share your favorite stationery pins from Pinterest at your meeting. This will help inspire the designer and have a better understanding of the look and style you are trying to achieve.

A stationery designer can help this process run more smoothly and make sure you stay on target with your timeline. This person will become an important part of your wedding professional team and can coordinate details with other professionals. After leaving your consult you will feel confident with the information shared and know if this designer is the right fit for your wedding.