Replies to Wedding Invitations
Formal Wedding Invitation Replies
replies should be handwritten, in the third person, on headed
paper. The date is written at the bottom of the page. The envelope
is addressed to the host/hostess whose name is on the
There is a standard etiquette for the wording of a handwritten formal reply to a traditional wedding invitation; note that the ending expresses whether the guest(s) can attend.
Mr and Mrs David Clegg thank Mr and Mrs John Debrett for the kind invitation to the marriage of their daughter, Caroline Jane, to Mr Richard Manners at St Paul's, Knightsbridge, on Saturday 17th July at 3 o'clock and afterwards at The Hyde Park Hotel, and are delighted to accept/regret that they are unable to accept.
Sometimes a special reply card is enclosed with the wedding invite. Guests should fill this in and post it back in good time.
Other Wedding Replies
Nowadays, many couples include an email address on the invitation. Traditionally, formal replies to wedding invitations are always handwritten. Replies should never be given by telephone.
Extra Wedding Guests
If the invitation has arrived and it does not specify 'and guest', it is the height of rudeness to ask to bring one or assume that a partner is invited.