If you’ve ever planned a party, you know how important it is to have a fairly accurate head count. After all, you want enough food, drink and party favors to go around! The last thing any host wants to do is track people down to find out if they’re coming. Don’t be one of THOSE people. Make your mother (and Martha Stewart) proud by following these simple RSVP etiquette tips.
Always RSVP. Just because you can’t attend a wedding, Bar Mitzvah, birthday party or other event doesn’t mean you don’t have to RSVP. In fact, letting hosts know that you can’t be there is equally as important as letting them know you can! You should alwaysRSVP. If you cannot attend, feel free to provide an explanation when you RSVP. This personal touch will ensure that there are no hurt feelings.
Don’t change your mind. If you RSVP that you will attend, make sure to be there. Likewise, if you RSVP that you will not attend, do not show up. Once you RSVP, stick to that decision even if your plans change.
Only bring a guest if you’ve been given a plus one. Your host has worked hard on the seating assignments. The venue has put out the exact number of tables and chairs. And the chef has ordered and prepared the perfect amount of food. Bringing just one extra person who is not on the guest list can cause chaos by throwing off all these plans.
So be considerate of your host. It’s really easy to do. And when you host a party, hope that all of your guests have read our blog, too!