How to Fill Out RSVP Cards for a Wedding

Wedding response cards let the bride and groom know not only how many guests will attend their wedding, but also the exact names of the guests attending, and their requested meal choices, if that is an option. It is important to send an R.S.V.P card back to the bride and groom as soon as possible, and always before the requested due date, because the couple must submit headcounts to their vendors to ensure the right amount of food and drink, favors and chairs are ordered.

Understand who exactly is invited to the wedding by looking at the names on the inner envelope. If children are invited to the reception, their names should be listed on the inner envelope. When in doubt, it's best to talk to the mother of the bride or a bridal party member. You do not want to R.S.V.P. for guests who were not intended to be invited.

Fill out the names of the guests who will be attending using a salutation and first and last names on the line that starts with "M," "Guests" or "Names." The "M" is the start of "Mr." or "Ms." For example, you might continue the "M" line with "Mr. and Mrs. John Smith" or "Ms. Jane Doe."

Mark an "X" next to the appropriate line indicating whether you accept or decline the invitation.

Choose a dinner entrée by writing the number requested next to the meal choice. If one person wants fish and one person wants chicken, the numeral "1" should be written next to both options.

Indicate the number of guests attending by filling in the numeral of guests next to "Number of Persons" or "Number of Guests."