RSVP Etiquette

RSVP Etiquette

I have seen a few invitations in my time...

Being in the events industry not only do we send invites but we also receive a lot, and the styles and attention to detail have certainly changed over the years! There is nothing like having received a beautiful invite; one that has been well thought out, looks gorgeous, and when there is a special occasion to be celebrated, such as a wedding - a great invitation is an absolute must.

When you’re on the receiving end of a wedding invitation, it is definitely exciting! But it is also important that once you have received the invite, you then follow the relevant etiquette for your RSVP and attendance, as follows:

  • RSVP a yes if the invite asks for it. Sometimes invites have a ‘regrets only’ detail, so if you can’t make it - let them know. A lot of invites now include RSVP cards and return envelopes but not always. Send a letter as a response, yes it’s a little formal but the occasion calls for it.
  • If your invite has a plus one, respond appropriately. Please don’t bring a guest if they are not on the invite - talk about a logistical nightmare!
  • If for some reason you can’t make it at the last minute or even leading up to the event, let the hosts know as soon as possible. Your seat can be filled and caterers can be notified.
  • If you have special dietary requirements, let your hosts know in a good amount of time so they can be prepared.
  • Don't bring the gift to the wedding, it can arrive up to two months after the wedding - but no later!
  • Don't spend less than $50 on a wedding gift and/or go in with a group of friends for the ultimate gift.
  • If there is a registry, use it. It was put together for a reason!

Now that you’ve covered all the requirements for you RSVP – all you have to remember is DON’T BE LATE ON THE DAY!

Originally posted on Words by Chyka Keebaugh, Images by Lisa Atkinson. 

Warm, kind and classy, Chyka Keebaugh is a successful businesswoman, and events & styling powerhouse and editor-in-chief of her own online magazine

No stranger to TV, Chyka previously spent four years as the homemaking and styling expert on Good Morning Australia, three series on The Real Housewives of Melbourne and The Australian Women's Weekly 2016 Christmas Special.

Chyka has established herself as a major player in the business world by leading a group of highly successful event and hospitality companies. She and her husband established The Big Group over 25-years ago and is now Australia's largest privately owned events and catering company.

Chyka's eye for styling and design led to the establishment of the couple's subsidiary business, The Design Depot, a premium special events design firm.

Together, The Big Group and The Design Depot have created real magic for private and corporate clients across Australia, Asia and the Middle East.