Many would take it as a personal afront.
I see it as a lucky escape!
"Thank you for
applying for a ticket for the London and South East Region Reception at the
Conference next Monday. Unfortunately we have been heavily oversubscribed with
requests and have had to add you to our reserve list. One of the problems with
this reception is that because there is no charge for tickets, a large number of
people tend to apply for tickets without having decided whether to attend and
although we take this into account we have to place a limit on the number of
tickets we can issue. Experience shows that if those on the waiting list can
leave it until around 8.00 pm or 8.15 pm to arrive it may well be possible to
attend. Staff at the Conference Centre generally count people entering the room
so we do not have any discretion over the numbers admitted."