Currently, I’m in love with the idea of a blank RSVP card. Too often people dumb down their guests and assume that if they don’t put a blank line with an M_______________ their guests will be too confused to know what to do. However, recently, we sent out a formal invitation to over 350 guests for one of our clients weddings and opted to do a blank RSVP card with nothing but the notation of “The Favor of a Prompt Reply is Requested”. I was AMAZED not only at the lack of CONFUSION, but of the bounty of warmly written, personal notes to the bride, groom and the bride’s parents (who issued the invite). Still others opted for more creative and humorous responses (a giant YES in the middle of the card, for instance) as well as several, traditional, formal responses and declines to the invitation put forward.
Perhaps I’ve been reading too much Edith Wharton lately (which I have), but truthfully, there is something just absolutely lovely about written correspondence, especially as it pertains to your wedding. Do you really want to keep a stack of generic RSVP cards w/ an M and a line for the rest of your days? Probably not. But a collection of handwritten notes from your friends and family on paper with your monogram on top… that is something exciting to receive and something nice to potentially keep.
Did you know, by the way, that in Ye Olden Days guests didn’t even receive an RSVP card? They were expected to send back a reply on their own personal stationery…. They then sent that note via carrier pigeon, but that’s neither here or there.