Since there seems to be a whole lot of talk going on about entitlement and what not, I've decided to share the little knowledge that I have on this topic. After all, I've been covering events for about 6 years now so I have had more than my fair share of crazy stories.
I've seen some of the worst and I kid you not, some of the things I have seen demanded by bloggers and instagrammers are just crazy. It makes me want to salute PR people who seem to always keep their cool during these times.
1. Learn to RSVP
When people invite you, you need to respond regardless if you are going or not. If you are going, make sure that you are aware of the time, date, ATTIRE, and location of the place. Most important, be sure to RSVP.
If you aren't going, tell the person why (if possible), apologize, and say thank you.
2. No +1
If the invitation is addressed just to you, it means it is ONLY YOU that has been invited.
So when is it okay to have a plus one?
In my opinion, if you have already formed a relationship with the person who invited you, you MAY ASK but not impose. If you are just a first time invitee, I would STRONGLY DISCOURAGE you to ask for a plus one. It is just not in good taste.
If you asked to bring a plus one and you were declined, RESPECT IT. Simply because you formed a relationship does not mean you are allowed to disrespect it and say "e friends naman kami e, okay lang yan" or be a total shithead and whine about it to others.
Now if the invite states to bring your family, it is still right to advise the person how many you are so that they can prepare and make sure that everyone can be accommodated. Family means immediate family and not extended family.
DO NOT BRING YOUR RELATIVES.
3. Say YES only when you SHOULD
A lot of instances, people just say yes for the heck of it. YOU SHOULDN'T.
If you are a vegetarian, don't say yes to a food review of a steak place. If you are allergic to seafoods, don't say yes to a seafood review. If you believe in an ideology and the event that is being held goes against it, you can decline and tell the truth. It is not a bad thing.
Saying yes to everything is not a good thing because you will spread yourself thin.
4. Be on time.
If the invite says 3pm and you arrived at 3pm, you're late. If you arrive 15minutes early, then you're on time. If you're late, you could have the door shut on you.
If everyone actually practices this, the world will be a better place because people will know when to expect something and know that it will happen when it should.
Now I've been late a few times because traffic can be pretty erratic but as mentioned, it has been only a few times. Most of the time, I am early.
Fashionably late is just a term coined by those habitually late. You won't succeed in life if you are always late. Also, people will talk about you behind your back.
5. Be Gracious and Grateful
When you are at the event, be gracious. Do not demand. Do not impose. Talk to people. You were invited to the event so now is the time to mingle, get to know others, and be a lively guest. Lively, not someone who hogs all the attention. Be interested in other people's stories to become interesting to other people.
After the event, thank the host for inviting you and remembering you. It is the right thing to do.
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