Responding to a Formal Wedding Invitation

Make sure you respond to your formal wedding invitation the correct way by reading up on all the options

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If you're over the moon to have recieved a wedding invitation to the wedding of the year, but you don't know quite how to respond to your beautiful delivery, then fear not! 

Our guide to formally replying to an RSVP should be able to help. All you've got to do is keep reading.

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Responding to a Formal Invitation

A Formal Example of a Wedding RSVP

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Let's start at the beginning. 

If the bride and groom have followed formal practise, you can except to find something along these lines inside the invitation that has fallen through your letterbox:

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

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Handwritten Acceptance

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Assuming you don't already have plans for the day in question, you'll be super-excited and ready to accept your invite! This is how you should reply...

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

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Handwritten Regrets

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If you're sadly unable to go to the event you have been formally invited to, then it is good practise to send your regrets.

You might want to word your response in the following way:

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

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Handwritten Split Acceptance/Regret

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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

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Handwritten Acceptance with Children

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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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Once you've nailed your reply to your gorgeous wedding invitation, you'll have the run up to the wedding to decide what to write in the happy couple's wedding card.

Make sure you read our guide for plenty of ideas!



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