For anyone planning an event, the RSVP list are the most important sheets of paper (if you’re still using paper) in the whole building on the day of. Unfortunately, more and more people aren’t responding with a yay or nay for their attendance.
According to Lizzie Post, a spokeswoman for the Emily Post Institute and the great-great-granddaughter of the woman who wrote the book on etiquette, Emily Post, the speed of the latest technology is to blame.
“We want to be able to decide that morning if we want to go that night—we have forgotten how to simply commit,” she told the Wall Street Journal.
In all cases, the non-response is rude. But at least when it’s a cocktail party that might be marginally acceptable. Everyone is standing, schmoozing, having one or two drinks. It’s a little easier to plan in terms of refreshments and swag bags. There’s a margin of error.
When you’re talking about a sit down dinner, it’s terrible.