Responding to a Formal Wedding Invitation
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Responding to a Formal Wedding Invitation

Published: 06 Aug 2013 - in invite wording and etiquette
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If you’ve received a formal wedding invitation but are not sure how to respond, the below guide should be able to help.

Wedding regret

A formal example of a wedding RSVP

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jones
accept with pleasure
the kind invitation of
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
to the wedding reception of their daughter
Helen
and
Mr. John Matthew Smith
on Saturday, 23rd March
at 3:00 pm

Handwritten Acceptance

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jones
accept with pleasure
the kind invitation of
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
for
Saturday, 23rd March
at 1:00 pm

Handwritten Regrets

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jones
regret that they are unable to accept
the very kind invitation of
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
for
Saturday, 23rd March

Handwritten Split Acceptance/Regret

If more than one person has been invited, but not all are able to attend, the following form is used:

Mr. Mark Jones
accepts with pleasure
the kind invitation of
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
for
Saturday, 23rd March
at 1:00 pm
Mrs. Mark Jones
regrets that she is unable to attend

Handwritten Acceptance with Children

If you and your children are invited on one invitation, their names should have been written on the inner envelope along with yours. You would respond the same way:

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jones
Hazel, Charles and Margaret
accept with pleasure
the kind invitation of
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
for
Saturday, 23rd March

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