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September 10, 2019 Wedding Anniversary Wishes 3 comments

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Help! I need the Emily Post-approved language for a formal response to a wedding invitation. Please give stationery and wording details.


If you receive a wedding invitation that doesn't include a response card -- which usually will only happen with very formal invitations, most likely on white or cream paper with engraved wording in black ink -- you'll need to respond with a formal acceptance note. Use plain white or cream-colored notepaper (or your own "official" stationery, if you have some) and black ink. The wording is similar to the invite wording:

Mr. and Mrs. George Lynch

accept with pleasure [or "gladly accept"]

the invitation of

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Damone [the names at the top of the invitation; the hosts]

for Saturday, August 30

at one o' clock in the afternoon.

Including the date and time of the wedding lets your hosts know you understood their invitation. If you follow these guidelines, your response will be completely Emily-proof!

If you get a less formal or handwritten invitation without a response card, respond with an informal note: "Greg and I are thrilled to be invited to the wedding -- we'll be there on March 26 at 3 o'clock!" Feel free to include any other personal thoughts and wishes, too!

To accept an invitation to an informal party / dinner, you can write: “Thanks for your invitation / invite. I'd love to come.” “Thank you for inviting me to dinner.

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What should you write when you accept or decline a written invitation? The phrases you use depend on the formality of the invitation.

Sample phrases to use in an informal invitation

“Please come to our party on…”
“Would you like to come to dinner on…””
“Can you make a meeting at 3pm…”

To accept an invitation to an informal party / dinner, you can write:

“Thanks for your invitation / invite. I’d love to come.”
“Thank you for inviting me to dinner. I’m looking forward to it very much.”

(For a meeting)
“I’m able / free to come to / attend / make the meeting at…”

To decline these invitations, you can write:

“Thank you for your invitation, but I’m sorry I can’t come.”
“I’m sorry, but I’m not going to be able to make it on…”

Writing invitations samples

“We would be delighted if you could attend the opening ceremony of…”
“Mr and Mrs Jones request the pleasure of (name’s) company to celebrate the wedding of their daughter Rebecca.”

To accept a formal invitation:

“Thank you for your invitation to the opening ceremony. I would be delighted to attend.”
Thank you for your invitation to Rebecca’s wedding. I would be delighted to attend.”

To decline a formal invitation

“Thank you for your invitation. However, I regret that I will be unable to attend.”
“Thank you for your invitation to…. Unfortunately, due to a prior commitment, I will not be able to attend.

Writing tip

If you are declining a formal invitation, it’s customary to say why you can’t attend with a phrase such as “Due to a prior commitment, I will not be able to attend…”

With formal invitations (but not wedding invitations) you can also end your letter / email with a phrase such as “Wishing you every success with the (name of event).”

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Here are 25 celebration of life invitation wording ideas for memorial after death that will help you bring everyone together.


A life, so beautiful, deserves a special celebration. We hope you will join us [time, date, location].


Celebrating a life. In loving memory of [name] [date of life – date of death]. Anyone familiar with [name] knew she loved working with kids. We are getting together to honor her life where she worked so many years for the Church. please join.


Join us for a celebration of a life well lived. Please join us as we gather to remember our loved one. [time and date, place, phone].


Forever in our hearts. Please join us on [date] at [time] to remember [name] [date of birth and death].


Your life was a blessing. Your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.


Remember the happy times, raise a glass with cheer, come celebrate with [name] in honor of his life.


Celebrating the life of [name] [date and time]. Join us for a luncheon to share stories and remember a life lived to the fullest.


A celebrating of life. With memories strong and love so well shared, we go on as we must. God sent us prepared, we came here with knowledge of His live so sweet. When ‘our’ time is over, again we will meet.


Celebration of Life. Honoring the memory of [name]. Please join us on the [number] day of [year]. The celebration of life will begin at [time] o’clock. Service location [location]. Reception to follow.


A memorial service to celebrate the life of [name] [date, time] at [location].


Celebration of Life [name]. Those we have held in our arms for a while, we hold in our hearts forever. Please join us as we honor a life that has blessed us so much.


In remembrance [name] [date of birth and death]. A celebration of life for [name]. Lunch will be served in the Social Hall following the service.


Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.


A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Please join us as we celebrate the life of [name].


Please join us for a celebration of life. Please join us as we celebrate a life well lived and honor [name]. [date / time]. [location].


In celebration of a life well lived. The honor of your presence is requested as we remember our loved one.


Join us for a celebrate of life. Though we grieve our loss, there is joy, too, in having known and loved such a special person. Please join us for a celebration of life! [place, date, time, phone, RSVP].


The family of [name] cordially invites you to join in celebrating her life on [date] at [time]. The ship will set sail at [time]. We request you bring your thoughts, prayers and fondest memories of [name]. Reception to follow.


Celebration of Life Service honoring [name]. [date, time, location]. Please join us to Celebrate a Life that touched so many hearts. We are gathering together at [details].


We gather to celebrate a life well lived. The honor of your presence is requested as we remember our loved one.


It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our beloved wife and mother [name] on [date]. A small family memorial service will be held on [date].


In loving memory of [name] [date of birth and death]. Please join us for a memorial service honoring [name] life. [date, time, location].


A life well lived. Please join us for a service in memory of a beautiful person. [time, date, location].


Celebration of Life Service for [name]. [date] to [date]. Please join us on the [number] day of [year] to celebrate a life that touched so many. We are gathering at [time] o’clock at [location].


Join us for a celebration of a live well lived on [date] at [time].


I hope you enjoyed this list of celebration of life invitation wording ideas to help you bring closure during this time of grief.

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Traditional & Online Wedding RSVP Wording Ideas

When it comes to RSVPs and invitations, one of the biggest questions is almost always around selecting the proper wedding RSVP wording. Couples want to make sure they request the information needed to properly plan the big day, as well as establish the tone for the wedding.

Of course, another important consideration is whether to use a paper RSVP or online version. While the paper RSVP card is traditional, an online RSVP process can save time, money, and paper. Whichever option works best is up to the couple, and there’s really no right or wrong way to phrase your wedding RSVP wording. There are, however, some common elements that you should include – and some popular ways to phrase the various sections of your wedding RSVP to make it easy for your guests to read and quickly fill in. Check out some examples of wedding RSVP templates.

Critical Elements to Your Wedding RSVP

There are 3 critical elements to any wedding RSVP: RSVP deadline, guest name(s) and a reply. There’s also two optional elements that may be needed for some weddings: meal preferences and any additional requests for information.

1. RSVP By Date.

It’s important to set an expectation for guests to send their RSVPs by a specific date so you don’t find yourself following up with half of your guest list trying to finalize your numbers. Even with a deadline, there will likely be a few guests who need some followup and reminders. For some advice on following up with guests, check out our advice on how to remind your guests to RSVP. If you’re curious as to what to expect in terms of your RSVP timeline, you can see our analysis of how long it takes for wedding guests to RSVP on average.

2. The Names of Your guests.

It’s important to know who the RSVP is from, wouldn’t you agree? You’ll also want to ensure you have the spelling correct for your place cards or seating chart. Traditionally, your guests will enter their names after the “M” on your RSVP – with the “M” as the first letter of Mr., Mrs., or Miss. Some hosts are doing away with titles altogether while others prefer to keep this formal element.

3. Accept or Decline?

The most important element of your wedding RSVP wording to get your final headcount. Ask your guests whether or not they can come to your wedding! This may be the one event, or you may have guests respond to your wedding’s Secondary Events such as a rehearsal dinner or brunch. Hosts may also need to get a count of children versus adults attending for vendors.

Optional Elements to Your Wedding RSVP

4. Entrée Preference.

This section will depend on what you’re serving at the reception. If you’re opting for a buffet, chances are you can leave this section off altogether. If you have multiple entrée options, list the options, and ask your guests to tally the entrée preferences for their party and place a number next to each entrée option. The caterer may also want to be aware of any special dietary restrictions or allergies so this can be requested through the RSVP process as well.

5. Additional Requests.

Another optional element that may be included in the RSVP process is additional questions for your guests or the option for guests to add a note for the couple. This can be something fun such as song requests for the DJ, or information that would be helpful to your planning such as asking when guests will arrive. Here are a couple of questions we frequently see asked:

  1. What song will get you out on the dance floor?
  2. When will you be arriving / Where will you be staying?
  3. Do you have any advice for the newlyweds?

Wedding RSVP Wording Examples

Wording for the ‘RSVP By Date’ Section

There’s a variety of options and combinations for wording your call to action on your RSVP. We’ve compiled a list of these variations to inspire you:

RSVP By 05/01/2020
Please RSVP No Later than 05/01/2020
Please Reply By 05.01.2020
Kindly Reply by May First
Reply by 05.01.2020
Please Respond By May First
Kindly Let Us Know By 05.01.2020
The Favor of Your Reply is Requested by May First

You can, of course, opt to get creative or funny with this section as well:

RSVP by May 1st or forever hold your peace
RSVP by May 1st or we will use at least 4 forms of communication to hassle you

Asking Guests To RSVP Online Wording Examples

Whether you decide to simply collect RSVPs online, or opt to create a full wedding website, you’ll want to use your invitation to clearly direct guests to your page. With online RSVPs increasing in popularity, it is likely that many of your guests will be familiar with the process. For others, this may be a brand new experience so it is important to use clear wedding RSVP wording to point guests in the right direction. If you are concerned with guests running into trouble, some hosts opt to include an additional method of contact (such as phone number) just in case! Others are actually using technology to assist guests in making the online rsvp process even easier by adding QR codes to their paper wedding invitations. Here are just a few wording examples to get you started:

To respond, visit YourEvent.com

Kindly respond using our website: YourEvent.com

RSVP online by May 1

For more information & to RSVP online please visit YourEvent.com

Please RSVP on our wedding website: YourEvent.com

Please help us do our part to save the environment and RSVP online at YourEvent.com

Send us your RSVP by going online to YourEvent.com

Accept/Decline Wording Examples

There’s also an almost infinite number of ways you can go about wording the text of your accept and decline lines. Here are a few of our favorites, ranging from the traditional to the clever and comical.



Will Attend
Unable To Attend

Traditional & Formal

Accepts with Pleasure
Declines with Regrets

Delighted to Attend
Regretfully Cannot Join You

Joyfully Accepts
Regretfully Declines


Can’t Wait!
Can’t Come

We Will See You There!
Sorry To Miss Out

Let the Good Times Roll!
You’re Going to Have to Carry On Without Me

Wouldn’t Miss it For the World
Will Celebrate From Afar

Yes! Can’t Wait to Celebrate!
Sad to say…Have to Miss Your Day

Don’t Despair, We Will Be There
Sad To Say, We’ll Miss Your Day

Funny & Clever

Wouldn’t Miss It For the World
The World is Not Enough

Let’s Get Rowdy!
Show Must Go On Without Me

Aw, Yeah! Drinks on Me!
I’ll Be There In Spirit

Free booze? Yes, please.
In a nutshell…I’m lame.

Only if you’ll be playing “Forever” by Chris Brown
Not even “Call Me Maybe” will entice me

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