RSVP Etiquette 2017: How to Best Respond to Invitations
You have landed on this web page because you probably have received an invitation that included a birthday party, dinner party, wedding, christening or other occasions which included as RSVP request. Maybe it’s your first time receiving one and you have no clue of what it means and what you need to do. When a person set a special event requiring planning based on the attendees, the usual thing to do is to include in the invitation a request for RSVP. 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. If people invited missed to respond to a RSVP request, it will be difficult for the hostess or host to manage the event and to keep you off from the future guest’s lists.
The abbreviation RSVP refers to the French Phrase respondez s’il vous plait”, and in English it means to “please respond”. Whatever is the occasion, you need to respond 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 for RSVP allow the host or hostess to be aware if the invited guests will be able to 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. Usually, formal invitations include a small card that just needs to be filled out by the invited guest and it is mailed back to the sender in the enclosed envelope. Formal invitations with RSVP request may also include an email address or telephone number with reply steps. 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. Electronic methods are faster and easier, saving so much time and money for the sender and you won’t have to worry mailing it back.
Some formal invitations have RSVP “regrets only”, this means that if you are unable to attend the event, you need to inform the host using the instructions given, and failure to respond means you will be attending 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. When it comes to bringing guests with you, read the instructions as to how many guests are you allowed to bring and there will be an indicated area to put it down.