If you’re planning a wedding, you’re probably going to feel pretty accomplished and relieved when you complete a big task like making your guest list and getting all those invitations out to your guests. Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back, but be prepared for what to do when you receive a response declining your invitation. Let our experts at the Crystal Ballroom, a premier wedding venue, share some tips.

Take a deep breath: You may have read some stories online about brides and grooms who overreact and rescind the invitation to guests who decline, kind of like telling someone they can’t quit because they’re fired. Of course, there are much better approaches. People sometimes have valid reasons like major conflicts with the date or family issues. In any case, it’s not worth spoiling your day and your relationships by doing anything but focusing on having a beautiful wedding and a happy marriage.

Understand gift etiquette: Yes, Emily Post once said that receiving a wedding invitation makes sending a gift obligatory, but not everyone adheres to that point of view. While it’s thoughtful to send a gift, most people regard it as discretionary. Of course, there may be different expectations depending on your individual relationships with your guests, and your previous mutual gift giving history.

Share your photos: Of course, images of your wedding are a fabulous thing you can share for free with your family and friends regardless of whether they can join you in person. Post your best pictures on your wedding website and social media.

Of course, one of the best ways to avoid having your wedding invitations declined is to have your wedding with us. Your guests won’t want to miss celebrating your big day at any of our fabulous ballrooms, and we’ll help you every step of the way with taking the stress out of wedding planning and decision making. Contact us at the Crystal Ballroom in Orlando today.