RSVPs have a very clearly defined role – but sometimes, it doesn’t even matter how much you plan for the perfect wedding day and it doesn’t even matter how easy you make it for guests to send back their RSVPs. Surprise guests are almost bound to happen, and you should be prepared to handle them gracefully.
What do you do when a last minute guest confirms their presence at your wedding? Here are the most essential tips to know:
- First and foremost, you announce your coordinator or Maid of Honor. By this moment, they should already have a list of confirmed wedding guests and the seats they are assigned to – so they can easily find a bit of extra room at a table. If an unexpected guest shows up on the actual wedding day, it is important that your Maid of Honor has this list with her, so that she can smoothly handle the situation.
- However, if the unexpected guest announces their attendance a few days before the wedding, you should make sure they are provided with an escort card, just like everyone else. Ideally, you should order a few blank ones when you order your day-of stationery. This way, even unannounced guests will have a theme-coordinated escort card to help them navigate the seating chart.
- Last, but definitely not least, remember not to let this ruin the wedding day for you. This is a unique moment in your life and you deserve to be fully happy – so take things as they are, season them with a big smile, and enjoy your Big Day!
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