Originally Posted by ron
Interesting post. I think a lot of people do not realize that RSVP means to also reply when not planning to attend. But this is irrelevant in my mind. To be invited to an event with RSVP and to show up after not contacting the host is extremely bad manners. I would be compelled to kindly explain to these guests how happy I am to see them but unfortunately I did not receive an RSVP from them for this event and therefore must regrettably ask that they leave.
Wow, I think that would more or less obviate them ever coming to an event that you'll host again. This may eventually eliminate your RSVP issue, no guests = no need to RSVP.
Also, RSVP doesn't mean to reply if you don't want to attend, as was pointed out earlier, it literally means, reply, if you want. If you want to make it perfectly clear, and you're sending out formal invitations, then include a SASE and a piece of paper with check boxes that say (yes i will be coming, no i won't be coming) and you'll have much more clarity (although potentially no more responses heh)