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How to Decline a Wedding Invitation

Watch more Wedding Etiquette & Advice videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Decline a wedding invitation gracefully. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Fill out the RSVP card Fill out the response card that came with the wedding invitation. If the invitation is addressed to two people and neither can go, write "two" on the "decline with regret" line. Step 2: Include a note Smooth hurt feelings by including a handwritten note on the response card or a sheet of stationery. Be brief and honest about your reason for not attending -- or simply congratulate the couple and say you have a conflicting commitment. Tip Reply that you are responsible for someone, such as a house guest or child, if that is why you cannot attend -- your host then has the option to invite them. Step 3: Send a formal declination Write a formal declination if you lose the response card. Use wording similar to the wording on the invitation. Say that you regretfully decline their kind invitation on that date to the wedding of the couple. Step 4: Drop it in the mail Send your regrets to whomever the response envelope is addressed. If there is no response envelope, mail your regrets to whomever the invitation cites as the wedding's host. Step 5: Call hosts if changing mind Don't respond "yes" lightly -- the hosts will not look kindly on paying for a no-show. Have the courtesy of calling your hosts immediately if you must change your "yes" to a "no." Step 6: Consider a gift Consider sending a gift to the couple even if you can't attend the wedding. After all, they invited you to celebrate one of the most important days of their lives -- you should reciprocate the kindness. Did You Know? The 2004 wedding of billionaire steel magnate Vanisha Mittal featured over 1,000 guests and cost an estimated $60 million.
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