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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Gorgeous RSVP Notecards

If your invite didn't come with a seperate RSVP, but you'd like to send something in the post, choose from these lovely notecards to write your acceptance or regrets.

Perfect Pair A6 Greeting Card - £3.50

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Drop the most perfect pair you know a note to tell them you can't wait for their big day in this super cute card by stationery powerhouse Kikki K. So cute!

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Wishing You: Always and Forever Greeting Card - £3.50

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This gorgeous wedding card could totally be doubled up as a lovely way to send your acceptance or regrets. 

Wish the bride and groom a beautiful life together, and more importantly, absolutel no post-wedding hangover, with Kikki K's lovely design! 

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Scandi Blank Notecard Set - £8

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It's not just when replying to wedding invitations that you'll need to send notecards, so invest in a set like this one from Etsy

The gorgeous pastel coloured Scandinavian design will make the perfect border for your message of acceptance or regret, and for any other message you ever need to send!

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Congratulations Pom-Pom Greeting Card - £4.75

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Send you RSVP to the happy couple in style with this gorgeous pom-pom greeting card!

The matching spotty envelope will make your well wishes even more beautiful. 

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Set of Eight Everyday Notecards - £6.80

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Invest in a gorgeous set of notecards like this brightly coloured pack, and use one to send your RSVP. We think the pink "lovely news" card would work perfectly! 

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Pop The Champagne Greeting Card - £4.75

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If the bride and groom are lovers of a bottle of fizz, send your message of acceptance or regret in this gorgeous champagne greeting card.

Fingers crossed the message on the front will be a sign of things to come! 

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Set of Eight Floral Notecards - £6

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This illustrated pack of notecards are so cute! Either design would work for your RSVP message, and the bride and groom will love to proudly display it on their noticeboard!

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Set of 10 Personalised Notecards - £14.53

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How lovely to own a set of personalised notecards! They'll come in handy for occassions like this, when you're wanting to write to send your acceptance of a wedding invitation. 

The caligraphy-style font is beautiful and can be personalised to say your name. We love.

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So Happy For You Greeting Card - £3.50

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Let the bride and groom know how happy you are for them, and to accept their invitation, with this gorgeous card by Kikki K! We love the gold foil detailing - it is so stylish. 

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Set of 10 Thank You Notecards - £5.95

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Say thank you for your invitation to the bride and groom's special day with this lovely brown paper notecard

They'll be over the moon that you can join them to celebrate!

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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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