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Is It Important to RSVP?

RSVP Please!

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.

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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.

RSVP Etiquette

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.

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