What kind of response cards should you send with your wedding invitations? In this blog post, we’re sharing which types of RSVP cards are there, along with why it matters which one you choose.
Types of Wedding RSVP Cards
There are three kinds of response cards you can send with your wedding invitations.
You can choose from the standard type with meal selection, a classic card without meal options, and an online RSVP card for guests to submit their responses digitally via your wedding website.
For illustration purposes, we’ve selected this invitation as our sample by Jen Merli. You can find other types and response card designs here.
1. Standard Wedding RSVP Card with Entrees
This is one of the most popular types of RSVP cards to send. It includes meal options, i.e. i.e. beef, fish, or vegetarian, suitable for having plated meal service at your reception. You do NOT need this option if you are selecting a buffet, as guests will decide which entree(s) to choose when they are plating their own meal.
Here’s a visual of what the card looks like:
2. Simple RSVP Card Without Meal Selection
If you are having a buffet, you should choose this type of RSVP card to accompany your wedding invitations. This card asks your guests if they can attend, how many guests in attendance, and their names.
3. Online Response Card Request
Finally, if you’re offering online RSVP via your wedding website, choose this third type of RSVP card. It requests your guests to respond to the invitation via the website link, where they’ll RSVP digitally online directly to you.
Add a QR Code to Your RSVP Cards
You can even include a QR code with your rsvp card, like this style from Design Curve Studios:
Or this one by Customize My Wedding.
Get a FREE QR code here and upload it with your design. Easy! (Read: How to Make QR Code RSVP Cards for detailed instructions.)
For the online response, all you need to do is make a FREE wedding website here so you have an address/URL to send guests to. These wedding websites allow guests to respond online and you can add password protection, just in case.
When guests submit their online response, they can also then decide which entree to select (if you’re having plated options).
I hope it helps!
You may also want to refer to this previous post on: How Much Time Should Guests Have to RSVP? It’s very helpful in determining EXACTLY when guests should rsvp to your wedding.