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RSVP Etiquette 2017: Facts and Tips in Responding to Invitations

You might have received an invitation to a christening, dinner party, wedding or other occasions which included as RSVP request. If yes, then you ay not be fully aware of what it means and what you need to do. A wedding, dinner party or any other special event requiring planning based on the number of attendees, it needs a RSVP request to be included in the invitation. If you happen to receive an invitation that included a RSVP request, you just need to respond as soon as possible once you checked your schedule and find out whether you can attend or not. Non-response will make it harder for the host to plan and to keep you off from the future guests lists.

The abbreviation RSVP refers to the French Phrase respondez s’il vous plait”, and in English it means to “please respond”. To show your etiquette, it is important to respond I a timely manner as soon as possible so the host can plan the number of food, beverages, plates, souvenirs and other important items needed for the event. Invitations requesting a RSVP will let the sender know if the invited guest will attend the event or not. If you receive a RSVP, all you need to do is to first read it and check the instruction on how to go about it. More often, formal invitations have a small card included in it that will just be filled out and mailed back in the enclosed envelope. There are many formal invitations with RSVP requests that include a telephone number or email address of the sender with reply instructions. With the digital age we have today, electronic RSVP requests are becoming increasingly popular, and a host can design their own save the date. With the use of electronic method, the invitee will receive either a text or an email with the steps such as visiting a site or emailing back where you can just click the “accept” or “decline” button. It is really much easier and faster to use electronic methods, saving so much time and money for the sender and you won’t have to worry mailing it back.

RSVP invitations with “Regrets only” means that if a person invited won’t be able to attend the event, he should follow the instructions included on the invitation to inform the host, otherwise failure to respond means that the person invited will attend the party. You have to remember that as an etiquette, you are obliged to attend the party if you already accepted or stated you will be there because it’s really rude or bad canceling or changing a RSVP unless if you really have a valid reason for doing so like sickness of death in the family. In terms of bringing guests, there will also be instructions as to how many guests are you allowed to bring.