It is considered proper etiquette to provide a stamped pre-addressed envelope for RSVP cards when requesting a response from your guests. While it may require purchasing additional stamps, it is generally seen as the responsibility of the host to cover the cost of the postage.
Asking your guests to pay for the reply, even if it’s just a single stamp, is not typically considered appropriate. It can create an unnecessary burden for your guests and might discourage some from responding promptly.
To ensure a smoother RSVP process and make it easier for your guests to reply, consider the following:
- Pre-addressed envelopes: Include the address of the designated recipient (e.g., the couple hosting the wedding or a designated person) on the RSVP envelope. This saves your guests the effort of looking up the address and ensures their response reaches the right place.
- Stamps: Affix a stamp to each RSVP envelope. This eliminates the need for your guests to purchase and apply their own stamps, making it more convenient for them to respond.
By providing pre-addressed and stamped envelopes, you demonstrate thoughtfulness and make it easier for your guests to reply promptly. It helps streamline the RSVP process and ensures that you receive the necessary responses in a timely manner, allowing you to plan accordingly for your wedding.
While it may require some additional expense on your part, it is considered part of the host’s responsibility when hosting an event.