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With the cost of weddings being high, or even just wanting a smaller intimate wedding, it is always a tricky situation when inviting guests without a plus 1. However, it is totally acceptable and your guests should respect your wishes on your wedding day!
We think the best way to tackle this (without being too direct) is to add a line on your RSVP stating "X seats have been reserved in your honour".
You may also then want to add the following
X of 1 accept.
X of 1 decline.
If you still have the cheeky guest that tries to change the numbers on the RSVP, then maybe it is a case by case basis that you allow or deny, but it is your day and you need to do what you're comfortable with.
All the best with it.
What date do I put the rsvp date as for my guests?Danielle M
I think my venue needs final numbers 2 weeks before. So maybe 3 weeks before?
We recommend asking your function centre the date that they require for you to provide them with final numbers. From that date I would work back around 4 weeks. This would then give you time if you need to follow up on guests that may have forgotten to return their rsvp. Generally if you put an rsvp of around 6-8 weeks prior to the event then should work well
It is etiquette for invited guests to listen and respond by the RSVP deadline. We know everyone leads busy lives so guests may innocently forget that they haven’t sent the RSVP back. We always recommend putting an RSVP date with a week or two leeway, leaving you time to follow up on the guests you are still awaiting reponses from, which hopefully is only a handful.
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