Funny Ways to Word Your Wedding Response Card

Get your guests laughing when they RSVP

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Wedding invitation response cards can be formal and traditional, but they certainly don't have to be stuffy. If you're having a casual and fun ceremony or really want your funny personalities to shine, consider using casual and fun RSVPs. You can set the tone for a lighthearted wedding and let your guests know that humor definitely has a place at your table.

Réspondez S'il Vous Plaît

For any type of reply card, start with the basics. You always need your guests' names and the number of people in their party. Then you can inject some humor with funny reply options:​

Instead of just saying "accepts with pleasure/declines with regrets," consider:
__Gladly Accepts
__Regretfully Declines
__Gladly Declines
__Regretfully Accepts
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__Will be there with bells on!
__Will be there, but I don't do bells
__Will be there; undecided about bells
__Won't be there; heard about the bells
__Won't be there, with or without bells
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__Can't Wait
__Can't Come
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Be there or be square!
__Hooray, I'm there!
__Sadly, I'm square.

Grill Your Guests

You can also ask your guests to answer a questionnaire. Start with the basic questions, then add some fun ones:
__ will attend
__ regretfully declines
At your wedding, I/we plan to:
__eat a lot of cake
__dance my feet off
__smile endlessly
__all of the above
The happy couple's best qualities include:
__good looks
__stunning intelligence
__witty sense of humor
__excellent taste in friends

Mad Lib It

Turn your entire response card into a Mad Libs game for your guests; you'll have your fun when you receive their replies:
_____________ is/are ____________ to attend.
(Your name{s}) (able/unable)
There are
___________ people in our posse.
(Total number)

_______ be ________________________________.
(I'll/We'll) (Anything goes here!)

Kindly mail by insert your date.

Play With Your Food

You can also have fun with your meal choice card. If you're offering guests more than one option for dinner, don't feel like you have to stick to the literal words of steak, fish, chicken, and vegetables.
Instead, you could say,
Entrée Choice:
__*The silence of vegetables growing*
We prefer to dine on a beast
__Of the land
__Of the sea
__Of feathers
__Of soy

Gentle Reminders

Another feature to consider is a gentle (or not so) reminder of the deadline to return the response card to you. As every wedding planner has experienced, there are always late-responders and non-responders, leaving the headcount up in the air. You can use the response card to make light of this reality, humorously shaming those guests who fail to make a decision already.

"p.s. If you somehow can't find a way to RSVP by March 3 but plan to attend anyway, please bring a picnic lunch and something to sit on."

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How to Respond to This Invitation:

  1. Fill in the blanks on the card.
  2. Place the card in the envelope.
  3. Lick the envelope* and seal it.
  4. Put the envelope in your mailbox by March 3.
    *A stamp and return address are included; saliva is not.

Before You Print the Card

Prior to printing and sending, have a friend or family member read over your response card. While you want it to be funny, you also want it to make sense and serve its purpose. A confusing card won't keep you laughing.

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