Mar 22, 201711:52 AM
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Wediquette Wednesday: What if the invitation doesn’t include a response card?
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Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)
Question: The invitation to my friend’s wedding came in the mail, and it calls for an R.S.V.P, but it didn’t include response card. What’s the proper way to respond?
Answer: According to Emily Post, the rule of thumb is to reply in writing or via email. Post recommends the following:
Formal Response: Written in the third person, this reply follows the wording of a formal invitation.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold McGowan
accept with pleasure
[or, regret that they are unable to accept]
your kind invitation for
Saturday, the nineteenth of June
Personal Note: Usually written to hosts you know well, a personal note should be brief but sincere.
Dear Ann and John,
Rob and I are delighted to accept your invitation to attend Margaret and Tom’s wedding on June nineteenth.
I am so sorry that I can’t join you and Max for your wedding. I have to be in Chicago on business, but you two will be first in my thoughts on your special day.
Love to you both,
Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.com.
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