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5th-Mar-2010 01:57 pm
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Poll #1534287 Invitations and RSVP-ing

When you receive an invitation requiring an RSVP, do you?

Yes, always
48(45.7%)
Almost always
47(44.8%)
Sometimes
7(6.7%)
Once in a while
1(1.0%)
Never
2(1.9%)

If an invitation says RSVP, do you think it means:

Let me know if you are coming
17(16.3%)
Let me know if you aren't coming
1(1.0%)
Let me know either way if you are coming or not
86(82.7%)

How far in advance would you like to be invited to a party that requires you to travel?

Less than a week is fine
2(1.9%)
A few weeks
25(24.3%)
A month
21(20.4%)
2-3 months
38(36.9%)
4-6 months
16(15.5%)
I need at least a year advanced notice!
1(1.0%)

How far in advance would you like to be invited to a local party?

Less than a week is fine
49(47.1%)
A few weeks
43(41.3%)
A month
10(9.6%)
2-3 months
1(1.0%)
4-6 months
1(1.0%)


Any other thoughts on the subject? Discuss in the comments!
Comments 
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5th-Mar-2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Based on how far you would consider having to call it "traveling". :-)
6th-Mar-2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Both a two hour drive and a plane ride would be traveling for me. I'd probably only need a month or so for the first, but at least three months, probably more, for the second.
5th-Mar-2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
I try to respond either way, but sometimes, like with everything else, I just forget. ^^;;
5th-Mar-2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I forget if I don't do it *immediately*. So I've just gotten in the habit of responding the very moment I open the invitation. If for some reason I'm not sure if I can make it, I'll hold off but then I usually leave the invitation sitting somewhere prominent where I'll be sure to remember to notify them once I've figured out my plans.
5th-Mar-2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
I haven't been asked to RSVP to anything in a long, long time. I don't get invited to much stuff.
5th-Mar-2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder that I need to send out an RSVP for a wedding invitation!

I personally hate it when people don't RSVP, I think it's rude and inconsiderate.
5th-Mar-2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
I can be INVITED to a party less than a week out (involving travel or not), but whether or not I can actually GO is another issue.

I've been invited to things on short notice, and I've invited people to things on short notice. In both cases, it's understood that the short turnaround time might not yield a lot of people at the party.

And yeah, it depends on how far it is to travel. From here to the cities (90 minutes)? Give me a few days notice or I'll probably say no. Anywhere that requires a plane ride? I need more time.
5th-Mar-2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm on a tight budget so over a month is good for organising travel arrangements (as I get paid monthly and can budget accordingly!)

I always RSVP. It's really rude not to.
5th-Mar-2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
i don't like parties...so unless it's thrown by my bff i probably won't go.
6th-Mar-2010 06:57 am (UTC)
Same here.
5th-Mar-2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
"R.S.V.P. stands for a French phrase, "répondez, s'il vous plaît," which means "please reply." The person sending the invitation wo­uld like you to tell him or her whether you accept or decline the invitation. That is, will you be coming to the event or not? Etiquette rules followed in most Western cultures require that if you receive a formal, written invitation, you should reply promptly, perhaps that same day. For hosts who are planning a dinner party, a wedding or a reception, this is important from a practical point of view, because they need to know how many people to count on and how much food and drink to buy. More important, though, is the simple courtesy of responding to someone who was nice enough to invite you, even if it is to say that you regret that you will not be able to attend."

http://www.howstuffworks.com/question450.htm
5th-Mar-2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
How far in advance would you like to be invited to a local party?

Just over a week. A few weeks is too much, unless it's a

I see "distance to travel" as less a factor in "time to invite" as "degree of commitment" is.
5th-Mar-2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
I only not respond if it's a potluck bbq type of thing and I am not attending.

Depends on whether the traveling includes airfare. If airfare, the sooner the better; 6mos-1yr notice is best.
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