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As a wedding guest, one of the most important things you can do is to RSVP promptly to the couple’s invitation. But when is the right time to respond? Here’s a guide to when wedding guests should RSVP by.

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First things first: pay close attention to the RSVP deadline on the invitation. This is the date by which the couple needs to have a final headcount for their wedding vendors, so it’s important that you respond by this date. If you’re unsure whether you can attend, it’s better to RSVP as “maybe” by the deadline than to miss the deadline altogether

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Responding Early

If you already know that you can attend the wedding, it’s best to RSVP as soon as possible. This not only helps the couple plan for their big day, but it also gives them peace of mind knowing that you’ll be there. Plus, it’s one less thing on your to-do list!

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If for some reason you miss the RSVP deadline, it’s important to still reach out to the couple as soon as possible to let them know your plans. They may still be able to accommodate you, but if they can’t, it’s better for them to know sooner rather than later.

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If the invitation allows for a plus-one, be sure to RSVP for yourself and your guest separately, and make sure to include your guest’s name in the response. If you’re unsure whether you can bring a plus-one, reach out to the couple and ask. Don’t assume that you can bring someone unless the invitation explicitly says so.

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Final Thoughts on RSVPs and Wedding Guests

RSVPing to a wedding invitation may seem like a small detail, but it’s actually a crucial part of the wedding planning process. Not only does it help the couple plan for their big day, but it’s also a courtesy to let them know whether or not you’ll be attending. So be sure to RSVP by the deadline, and if you can, do so as soon as possible.

When Wedding Guests Should RSVP By: A Guide to Responding to Invitations