Wedding 101

How NOT to Handle Last Minute Wedding Guest Cancellations

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With wedding season in full swing, it is essential to know the etiquette and common courtesy of attending a wedding. One of the most important things to remember is that if you have RSVP'd to a wedding, it is not polite to cancel at the last minute. 
Unfortunately, this happens more often than it should and can cause significant stress for couples planning their special day. In this article, we will discuss what you should do if you receive a last-minute cancellation from a wedding guest and how best to handle such an unfortunate situation.
Handling last-minute wedding guest cancellations can be stressful and frustrating, but it's essential to take them with grace and understanding. 

Here are some tips on what NOT to do:

Don’t get angry or upset: This part is the toughest, but is necessary to move forward. It's understandable to feel disappointed or frustrated when a guest cancels at the last minute, but it won't solve the problem. Keep a calm and professional demeanor when communicating with the guest.
Don't guilt trip the guest: Guilt tripping the guest into attending the wedding is not only unproductive, but it's also rude. Remember that the guest may have a valid reason for canceling, and respecting their decision is essential.
Don’t ignore the situation: Ignoring it won't make it go away. Address the situation head-on and devise a plan to handle the cancellation.
Don't forget to communicate with other guests: If the canceled guest was part of a group, share with the other guests about the situation. This can help prevent any confusion or misunderstandings on the wedding day.
Don't forget to adjust your wedding plans accordingly: If the canceled guest was supposed to play a specific role in the wedding, such as being a bridesmaid or groomsman, change your plans accordingly. It's also essential to adjust the seating arrangements and catering numbers.
Remember that cancellations are often beyond anyone's control, and it's essential to handle them with empathy and understanding. By staying calm and flexible, you can ensure that your wedding day is still a wonderful and memorable experience for all involved.
Alexia Conley
About The Author
Founder of Wiley Events.