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It’s a common question we are asked in the invitation business. What is the difference between the reception and response card? Which one includes an envelope, and do I need them both for my daughter’s Quinceañera or Sweet 16 event? Well, the answer depends on the details of your Quinceañera.

The reception card is printed with details of the Quinceañera celebration, occurring after the Mass or religious service. The card typically includes four to six lines of text, noting the event (e.g., Dinner and Dance) on line one, the time on line two and the remaining lines for the location.

The response card is also referred to as a “reply” or “R.S.V.P.” card. It includes an envelope, with the name and return address of the host printed on the front. This is the card that your guests will return to you. The card typically includes a line for your guests to write their names along with an option of attending or not attending. In generations past, including a date to respond by was actually considered impolite. But in recent years, that rule is being overlooked since most planning a large event find it beneficial to put a deadline on the responses. Nowadays, caterers and reception venues typically need a final count prior to the event date.

The etiquette rules tell us that if the Mass and the reception are being held at two different locations, then the reception card should be used. They are two separate events, so two invitations are included. If the Quinceañera celebration is being held at the church after the Mass, then it’s acceptable to include the celebration on the invitation itself.

If a response card is not going to be sent, but as the host, you are still hoping to receive a reply from your guests, you may add a corner copy to the bottom of your reception card to include the response by date and where the response should be directed.

One final piece of advice for those planning a Quinceañera or Sweet 16 celebration: If you are going to include a response card with your invitation, don’t forget to budget for additional postage on the response envelopes. A first-class stamp will be needed for that envelope.

As always, we wish you the best as you plan for you big event. If you need assistance with your Quinceañera invitation needs, please contact us.

By Michaela
Michaela has been with since 2003, showing off her customer service skills to a variety of stationery consumers.
Michaela is mom to two active pre-teens and spends her free time bike riding, boating, hiking and enjoying family time.


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