(Closed) Extra tables, just in case?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should I get an extra table?
    Yes : (3 votes)
    43 %
    No : (4 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 3
    235 posts
    Helper bee

    You have to decide if you are willing to plan for and pay for extra food that might not be eaten.  If you are willing to do that, then get the extra table.  If not, then you have to have the catering staff or your coordinator inform any guests that did not RSVP that there is no space set up for them because THEY did not RSVP their intentions.  I strongly suggest you call the missing RSVPs to get an idea of whether they are coming or not.  Then definitely use escort cards or a displayed seating chart.  The guests not listed will get the hint pretty quick. 

    Post # 5
    1403 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I once read on another thread that it would be rude to invite someone and then turn them away at the door, even though they didn’t RSVP.  And while I think it’s just as rude not to RSVP, I had to concede the point.  You should plan to accommodate these people if at all possible.

    In reality, it’s your FIL’s responsibility to follow up with their own guests.  I’m sorry they’re not showing you the courtesy of getting you the information you need to plan a successful party.  If you have their mailing addresses but not their phone numbers, maybe you can send out a reminder card, asking for their reply?  Otherwise just shoot for the middle ground and plan for half of them to show up and half not to.

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