I have just in the past few days become an RSVP etiquette expert.
I must humbly admit to you that in the recent past when I have received invitations to events which I could not attend I would not RSVP and leave it to the hostess to assume I would not be there.
But now I am reformed.
Having just been in the hostess role for our Celebrate Fall party , and knowing what a relief it is to have guests call the day they receive the invitation to say, "Thanks for the invite, but we can't make it," or, "Yes, we will be there," has opened my eyes.
The planning goes so much smoother for the hostess if she doesn't have to wait until the last minute to estimate the number of guests who will be attending.
So, if you are the type who calls to RSVP the day you get the invitation, BRAVO! Thank you for making my job easier and for showing me the error of my ways!