How to rsvp to a wedding invitation by email
Advice and Tips,  Etiquette

How to rsvp to a wedding invitation by email: wording and etiquette

While many wedding online RSVP tools exist to help hosts optimize response tracking, you may on occasion be asked respond to a wedding invitation via email. Let’s talk about how to rsvp to a wedding invitation by email.

When responding to an email invitation, you should make sure that your message is clear, polite and expresses gratitude. Follow these steps:

  • Be polite and formal: Use proper spelling and grammar. Include your contact information so that the person receiving your email may contact you easily if needed.
  • Be positive: Even if the answer is no, do not sound negative. Remember to say thank you, even if it is just to say thank you for thinking of me when sending out invitations.
  • Include all details: Make sure to include all details requested by the host. This may include dietary restrictions, meal choices, mailing address, etc.
  • Respond on time: Send your RSVP email as soon as you can to help the host with their planning.

It is important to note that you should only send an RSVP response by email if you were provided instructions to do so by the couple. If the couple asks you to respond by email, consider how you would respond on a blank RSVP card. Below we’ve included some sample response templates to get you started.

Wedding invitation RSVP wording examples

Sample 1: Simple Regrets

If you are not attending the wedding, a short note is still necessary. Since you are declining the invitation, you do not need too much information.

Providing a reason for declining is optional. You can choose to offer a reason why you cannot attend such as vacation plans already made prior to receiving this invitation. We’d recommend providing a reason if you are particularly close with the couple.

If you are not providing a reason, you can simply write:

“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Richards,
Thank you for inviting us to celebrate with you. We regret that we will not be able to attend your wedding on June 6th.
Best wishes,
David and Rebecca Smith”

Sample 2: Group attending

If you are responding for a group, be sure to include the total number of attendees along with the names and any requests.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Richards,

Thank you for inviting us to attend the wedding of your daughter, Hannah. We are honored to be included in the celebration and look forward to seeing you at the ceremony on Saturday, June 15th at St. Mary’s Church in Little Rock.

The following 4 people will be attending:

David Smith
Rebecca Smith
Junior Smith
Michelle Smith
Vegetarian Meal

Traditionally RSVPs were sent by mail. Today couples have multiple options of collecting RSVPs digitally to save time and money. Since RSVP’ing by email may be a newer concept for weddings, we hope this post helped to guide your next RSVP by email.

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