Wedding RSVP Wording Ideas and Format

The wording of your wedding RSVP can be uniquely yours.  Whether you opt for a paper RSVP or online version, there’s no right or wrong way to word your RSVP.  There are, however, some common elements that you should include – and some popular ways to phrase the various sections of your wedding RSVP to make it easy for your guests to read and quickly fill in.  Let’s take a look at some wedding RSVP wording options to get your ideas flowing.

There’s four elements critical to your RSVP:

RSVP By Date.  Ask your guests to RSVP by a specific date, or you may find yourself chasing RSVPs down from wayward guests.

The Names of Your guests.  It’s important to know who the RSVP is from, wouldn’t you agree?  Traditionally, your guests will enter their names after the “M” on your RSVP – with the “M” as the first letter of Mr., Mrs., or Miss.

Accept or Decline?  Another important one. Ask your guests whether or not they can come to your wedding (and its associated events such as brunch).

Entrée Preference.  This section will depend on what you’re serving at the reception.  If you’re opting for a buffet, chances are you can leave this section off altogether.  If you have multiple entrée options, list the options, and ask your guests to tally the entrée preferences for their party and place a number next to each entrée option. 

Here’s how your RSVP might look:

The Favor of Your Reply is Requested by May First

M _______________________

________ Accept With Pleasure!

________ Decline with Regret

______ Chicken Parmesan

______ Filet Mignon

______ Vegetarian

Wording for the ‘RSVP By Date’ Section

There’s a handful of ways to word your call to action asking guests to RSVP by a certain date.

The Favor of Your Reply is Requested by May First
Please Reply By 05.01.2104
Kindly Reply by May First
Reply by 05.01.2014
Kindly Let Us Know By 05.01.2014
RSVP By 05/01/2014
Please Respond By May First
RSVP by May 1st or forever hold you peace
RSVP by May 1st or will use at least 4 forms of communication to hassle you

Accept/Decline Wording

There’s also an almost infinite number of ways you can go about wording the text of your accept and decline lines.  Here’s a few of our favorites, ranging from the traditional to the clever and comical.

Wedding RSVP Wording Suggestions


Accepts with Pleasure
Declines with RegretsDelighted to Attend
Regretfully Cannot Join You


Can’t Wait!
Sorry, Wish I Could Be There We Will See You There!
Sorry To Miss Out

Let the Good Times Roll!
You’re Going to Have to Carry On Without Me

Bags Packed, Ready to Go!
Hate to Say Can’t Make It

Deal Me In!
Sitting This One Out

Excited to Celebrate with You!
Sad to Miss All Fun

Funny & Clever

Wouldn’t Miss It For the World
The World is Not EnoughLet’s Get Rowdy!
Show Must Go On Without MeAw, Yeah! Drinks on Me!
I’ll Be There In Spirit

Free booze? Yes, please.
In a nutshell…I’m lame.

Only if you’ll be playing “Forever" by Chris Brown
Not even “Call Me Maybe" will entice me

Have any additions to list?  Let us know in the comments!  Good luck with your RSVP, and remember that the wording of your wedding RSVP should reflect you and your fiance!

A Few of Our Favorite Paper RSVP Cards

Lead RSVP by PaperFoxDesigns

8 thoughts on “Wedding RSVP Wording Ideas and Format

  1. These are great! Has anyone actually tried using some of the more ‘funny & clever’ options? I hesitate because my family is very traditional, and I’m not sure how they might feel about it…

    1. I’m hosting a “Rat pack and Casino night” for my husband’s 50th.
      mine says “all in” and ” I fold”. I have received compliments from guest, they think its cute we are following the casino theme.

    2. My question to you, Why does it matter what they think? It’s your day, Your invites, You should show your personality. Have fun if you choose too!

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