Q. What should we do if guests do not reply to our invitation by the deadline we requested?
A. Did you know that 30 years ago, adding RSVP to an invitation was considered insulting? Asking someone to respond to an invitation implied that maybe they weren’t going to do it on their own. In today's modern world, it has never been easier to respond to an invitation: Invitations usually include a final date to respond, and invitees even receive email updates regarding the invitation, with a choice of responding online, and may even receive voice messages as reminders that a reply is needed.
Being in the position of having to track down guests to see if they’re going to accept wedding-related invitations is something many couples reluctantly find themselves needing to do. If you have some late responders whom you still haven't heard from a week before the event, the best thing you (or the host of the event) can do is to kindly call them up and ask if they will be attending. This way the host or your caterers will know the amount of meals to prepare, table and chairs to set up, decor and favors needed, and it will prevent the additional stress of wondering why they haven't responded or if they will eventually show up. On the flip side, those that are the first to respond are always held in high regard. If you can respond to an invitation the day you receive it, it will show that you were glad to be included.