Répondez, s’il vous plait, or Please Respond, is an essential element of the invitation ensemble. It is important to include an rsvp card, most commonly referred to as a response card, with invitations for your event in order to keep track of the number of guests that will be attending and to help you plan your budget. However, sometimes guests are not all too diligent on returning the response card. Therefore, the return process must be as simple as possible. The response card should be included with the invitation as a separate insert for guests to mail back to you. Make sure the wording and instructions are straight forward and clear. It is an absolute must to include a respond by date, as well as include a return envelope that already includes postage on it and a return address label.