The holiday season is upon us. Joyful songs on the radio, the glistening lights in the store fronts, and the general jolly of the holly is infectious – what better time to showcase your hosting aptitude! Your date is picked, your menus been decided on, a specialty cocktail (or 3) has been tried and tested; and now, you wait for the RSVP’s to come rolling in. But they just don’t.
Why You Should RSVP to Any Event
I recently hosted a surprise 40th Birthday for my husband, and although through owning a Wedding & Events catering company, I am familiar with the RSVP scramble 90% of our couples and clients rely on advil to accomplish; I had the experience first-hand. Admittingly, I was lazy and sent my invite via text. It was a small gathering, and I happened to have everyone’s personal contacts so why not? Within the first half hour of hitting send, I had a few positive replies. I resent the same text 2 weeks later – still 3 weeks prior the party date and gained a few more positive replies as well as a few regrets. Moving right along.
Seven days before party date and I’m still waiting on most of my invitees to grace me with their responses. I reach out individually, and leaving the French terminology to rest, I request a response – of any sort, in plain English. I provide my guest count to the venue and caterer and make my final payments. Day- of, I had 13 guests no call and no show; costing me over $700.00 I would have been happy to save otherwise. Which led me to this – the Etiquette of the RSVP.
I started researching this blog, and came across this article; which I feel sums up the importance of, and also the complete frustration in the lack of, the elusive RSVP. Sophia Money-Coutts can take it from here.