Most of us in our society are programmed to RSVP yes to events, but RSVPs are not optional. Letting your host know “yay” or “nay” is an etiquette-do. Without it, they are left guessing if you’ll be in attendance or not. Sometimes we say yes when it should be a clear no for many reasons: You really want to attend but are just not sure if you can; you don’t want to disappoint; you’ve committed to another event or feel guilty. The list goes on, but the bottom line is this: Never make your host chase you down. You are one of many which doesn’t make you unique, so be courteous enough to reply.
Is it OK to RSVP no?
No means no, as in you cannot attend. Even if you don’t have a crazy set of circumstances that prevent you from attending, the important thing is to respond. You don’t owe any explanation unless, of course, you’re a close family member or friend. In this case, a regret should be followed up with a phone call or note.
Why might it be a good idea to RSVP no?
A few reasons come to mind: you fall into a high-risk Covid category and don’t want to risk it, or you have a prior commitment such as a pre-planned vacation. There could also be other family obligations or a last minute business trip.