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Mar 22, 201711:52 AM
Let Them Eat Cake

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Wediquette Wednesday: What if the invitation doesn’t include a response card?

Invitation suite featuring a Vera Wang pewter card engraved in sun gold ink with an oyster envelope lined in gold. bettyhunley.com

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.

Yours sincerely,





Dear Agatha,

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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“Let Them Eat Cake,” is the official wedding blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine. The LTEC blog is the joint labor of love for Kelly Massicot and Melanie Warner Spencer. Massicot is web and social media editor for Renaissance Publishing, a contributing writer for New Orleans Bride Magazine, wedding junkie and fond lover of cake, especially petit fours from Chateau Coffee Cafe. Spencer is the editor of New Orleans Bride Magazine, writer of the “Bon Vivant” blog and a Francophile obsessed with Marie Antoinette and those tiny cakes from Chateau Coffee Café. You can reach Kelly at Kelly@myneworleans.com and Melanie at Melanie@myneworleans.com.




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