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Thursday, October 16, 2014

DIY Wedding: RSVPs




Mark and I both loved playing Mad Libs growing up. I can't speak for him, but I always had to write "shave" or "poop" every time there was a fill-in-the-blank verb. "Turds" if there was a noun. It made for some silly, immature stories that didn't make much sense.

Anyway, when I saw the Mad Libs RSVP idea on Pinterest during one of my many wedding planning binge sessions, I knew immediately it was something we had to do.

I don't think this project requires much explanation. And unlike a lot of things on Pinterest, this was a very reasonable, doable project. We made the RSVP cards using Adobe InDesign, put four to a page, and had them printed at a local FedEx Store, where they also cut them for a nominal rate.

If I could do it again, I would either use thicker paper or add envelopes for the response cards. We used cardstock paper, which is thicker than printer paper, but something a little more durable would've been more effective. We printed the address on the back side of these cards and added postcard stamps to them. It saved same postage money, but a few of the RSVPs were pretty beat up by the time we got them. There were even one or two mailed that we never received.

My favorite part was getting these back in the mail, and wondering what the mailman thought reading them. It made me eager to run to the mailbox after work everyday. I've always loved getting mail, but this is probably one of the biggest examples of that because I was getting dozens of these responses over the course of a month.

And now, all of the responses are in a photo album we keep in our living room. I think it's better than a guestbook, because people could get creative and cute without having to try too hard or get really cheesy. There were a ton of innuendos and inside jokes. It was much appreciated. It was also nice because people who couldn't be there were still represented.

What I realize now is that maybe this project wasn't as older generation friendly. Family members participated, of course, but it was our high school and college friends that really went running with the Mad Libs idea. For instance, a lot of family members and family friends wrote "walk" down the aisle. Of course we were walking! Perhaps they didn't understand or didn't care to be more creative.

I'm still glad I did it, though.

See some of my favorite RSVPs here.

What are some of the most memorable wedding invitations you've received?


  1. I was just thinking how cool this is but how my relative probably so wouldn't get it which is a shame. It sucks when you think of wanting to do something but then realize you may be the only one who loves it that much. Im glad the younger generations of friends went with it!

  2. Love this idea! I would have so much fun filling this out for a friend. And I have enough dirty-minded friends who would do the same for me, haha.

  3. This is such a fun alternative to regular,old stuffy rsvp cards! I love it!
    The Impossibly Cute

  4. This is the BEST. I never really care about wedding things (says the young, single 22-year-old), but I absolutely adore this idea. These are all hilarious.